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Acute lung injury outside the ICU: a significant problem

Authors
  • Finney, Simon J1
  • Evans, Timothy W1
  • 1 Royal Brompton Hospital, Department of Critical Care, Imperial College School of Medicine, London, SW3 6NP, UK , London
Type
Published Article
Journal
Critical Care
Publisher
BioMed Central
Publication Date
Oct 26, 2007
Volume
11
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/cc6128
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The incidence of acute lung injury (ALI) is influenced by nature of the underlying clinical condition. The frequency with which ALI is likely to be encountered by those practicing outside the intensive care unit (ICU) setting is largely unknown. Data from the paper under discussion [1] indicates that ALI is seen relatively frequently in general wards and can be managed there until death or recovery. In patients with predisposing illnesses directly involving the lung, progression to ALI can be rapid.

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