Predictors of Survival in Critically Ill Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

An Observational Study

Felix Balzer; Mario Menk; Jannis Ziegler; Christian Pille; Klaus-Dieter Wernecke; Claudia Spies; Maren Schmidt; Steffen Weber-Carstens; Maria Deja


BMC Anesthesiol. 2016;16(108) 

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The Berlin definition has marked a major step for a uniform classification of ARDS. As major finding of our study, the OI has been proven to be a more suitable parameter to predict mortality of patients suffering from ARDS in national referral centres when compared to PaO2/FiO2 ratio, the AECC or Berlin definition. The OI appears to be especially helpful for prediction of mortality on day three after admission to a specialized referral centre, as a response to standardised ARDS treatment may be observed by that time. Secondly, early patient transfers to specialized ARDS centres are associated with increased survival.