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Goals, and Policies of the ARDS Support Center, Inc.


The primary purpose of the ARDS Support Center is to provide information, education, care and support for patients, survivors, family members and loved ones who have been confronted with the many problems resulting from the onset, treatment and consequences of the devastating condition known as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. The ARDS Support Center will sponsor and participate in activities aimed at funding ARDS research, the furtherance of the primary goal of the ARDS Support Center and creating a broad public awareness of this deadly syndrome.

GOALS:

Provide highly reliable authenticated medical information relating to the nature and treatment of ARDS and post-ARDS conditions that may develop.

Provide a staff of volunteers who will assist those seeking care, support and information from the ARDS Support Center.

Provide facilities that will assist individuals in coping with the onset, treatment and consequences of ARDS.

POLICIES:

THE ARDS SUPPORT CENTER WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. The contents of the website, such as text, graphics, images, information and other material ("Content") contained on the ARDS Support Center are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you may have read on the ARDS Support Center website!

The ARDS Support Center does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned in the website. Reliance on any information provided by the ARDS Support Center website, ARDS Support Center volunteers, or others appearing on the website at the invitation of the ARDS Support Center, or other visitors to the website is solely at your own risk.

Medical information appearing on ARDS Support Center website or in publications issued by the ARDS Support Center is to be authenticated by competent physicians such as those who are members of the ASC Board of Medical Advisors.

The staff of the ARDS Support Center will not encourage or participate in Chat Room activities having to do with medical matters. The ASC website facilities can not be used to promote or encourage Chat Room activities. It is the position of the ARDS Support Center that qualified medical personnel monitor and supervise any Chat Room discussions that concern medical matters.

Those working on behalf of the ARDS Support Center are not qualified to discuss legal matters and will not engage in such discussions.

The ARDS Support Center provides much authenticated medical information but volunteers are not qualified and will not provide medical advice regarding the treatment of ARDS or the many attendant problems resulting from the onset of ARDS.

The inclusion of material such as Stories and Journals, Care Corner Listings and Memorials must be approved by the Executive Committee as to content, aesthetics and conformity with the goals, objectives and policies of the ARDS Support Center.

The Executive Committee of the ARDS Support Center has the responsibility of assuring that all communications meet common standards of good taste and are in conformity with the policies of the ARDS Support Center.