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Comment & Response
July 19, 2016

Incidence of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Author Affiliations
  • 1Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
  • 2Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York
JAMA. 2016;316(3):346. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6465

To the Editor In a large observational study of the incidence of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS),1 the diagnosis was made in the analysis phase by a computer algorithm using raw data collected for each component of the Berlin Definition2 for all study patients with hypoxemia who were breathing with the aid of a ventilator. The authors concluded that ARDS is clinically underrecognized because the computer algorithm diagnosed more patients with ARDS than did clinicians.

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