The epidemiology of posttraumatic adult respiratory distress syndrome

Timothy O White, Paul J Jenkins, Richard D Smith, Christopher Cartlidge, C Michael Robinson

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Although adult respiratory distress syndrome is an important early complication of blunt trauma, the epidemiology and risk factors for its development remain poorly defined. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence and demographics of this complication in a prospective cohort series of patients admitted to the hospital following injury. We also assessed the contribution of the severity and pattern of the injury to the risk of this complication developing. By identifying factors associated with the highest risk of the development of adult respiratory distress syndrome, we aimed to produce guidelines to facilitate earlier detection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2366-76
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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