Posts Tagged ‘mechanical ventilation’

Simvastatin in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Posted by • October 31st, 2014

In a recent study, patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome who were not receiving statins were assigned to receive simvastatin or placebo. At 28 days, there were no significant between-group differences in survival or in the number of ventilator-free days. The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a common, devastating clinical syndrome characterized by life-threatening respiratory… Read More…

Weaning from the Ventilator

Posted by • December 6th, 2012

After the underlying cause of respiratory failure in critically ill patients has been addressed, the priority is to minimize the duration of mechanical ventilation. The latest review in our Current Concepts series outlines strategies and interventions to reduce this duration. In the United States, almost 800,000 patients who are hospitalized each year require mechanical ventilation. This… Read More…