Author Affiliations: Departments of Critical
Care Medicine, Anesthesia, and Physiology, Hospital for Sick Children, University
of Toronto, Ontario.
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is common, highly lethal,
and not curable. Although important adult ARDS studies1,2 continue
to undergo reappraisal,3,4 promising
data have recently been reported for treatment of this entity in children.
A recent randomized controlled trial,5 which
described a beneficial effect of surfactant, was the first report of an effective
treatment for ARDS.
Kavanagh BP. Prone Positioning in Children With ARDSPositive Reflections on a Negative Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2005;294(2):248-250. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.248