ARDS was first diagnosed as a
distinct medical condition in the late 1960's.
Since then progress has been made in the diagnosis of ARDS and
in establishing documentation about some of
the underlying medical conditions.
Treatment modalities have been developed as well as prospective
courses that physicians, patients and their families may expect to
encounter. Dr. Roy Brower
of Johns Hopkins Hospital believes that ARDS is, "the ultimate
ICU challenge." The
syndrome can and does affect every organ of the body.
In order to develop a concerted
medical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of ARDS the medical
community in the United States has established the ARDS Clinical
Network, ARDSNet. It
consists of eleven clinical centers including twenty-four hospitals,
under the monitoring auspices of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood
Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institute for Health (NIH).
The Massachusetts General Hospital with Dr. Taylor Thompson
acts as the Coordinating Center.
Dr. Gordon Bernard from Vanderbilt is the current ARDSNet
Steering Committee Chairman.
ARDSNet has a public website, and a link to the website is
located on our Links page
The first meeting of ARDSnet was
in early October, 1994. In
1996, the first patients were enrolled in ARDS studies. At first, the
studies only included those who were newly diagnosed, but have since
grown to include those who have been fighting ARDS.
ARDSnet receives federal funding but is also in need of funding
from the private sector.
Following are links to pages
showing the medical organizations
that are a part of the ARDSNet.
Centers Involved in Pulmonary Artery Catheter/Fluid Management Strategy