The Learn About ARDS page of the ASC website contains medical
information describing the nature of ARDS, treatment methods and
techniques, conditions that may exist after the survivor returns home
and a medical research section designed to furnish the viewer with
sources of additional information about ARDS.
This section is made up of the following components. First is a copy
of the contents of the ARDS Support Center brochure
"Understanding ARDS". The information has all been medically
verified by leading physicians most knowledgeable about ARDS. Copies
are available upon request. The brochure information is supported by a
number of Frequently Asked Questions and answers as well as a list of
common medical terms and acronyms along with the meaning of each. The
next item is a highly recommended article produced by the Harborview
Medical Center in Seattle, WA. It is written in laymanís terms so
good understanding can be obtained without being faced with a myriad
of complex medical terms.
The last item is an article originally published in the New England
Journal of Medicine entitled, "Medical Progress: The Acute
Respiratory Distress Syndrome authored by Lorraine B. Ware, MD and
Michael A. Matthay, MD. It is most comprehensive.
Presents articles covering a wide range of current methods of treating ARDS.
Among the medical community there is no single uniform method of
dealing with all the complexities that develop upon the sudden
onslaught of ARDS. The items included in this section have all been
used. The degree of success of each type of treatment varies with each
Information on the many physical, cognitive and emotional problems
that can persist after the patient leaves the hospital and resumes day
to day activities. An increasing amount of attention is being directed
to post-ARDS matters by those engaged in ARDS research.
Articles and information about the physical, mental and emotional
rehabilitation considerations involved in establishing a new post-ARDS
life style. The rehabilitation of ARDS survivors is another area
that is receiving more and more attention and research.