ARDS

ARDS Week

ARDS

Welcome Message

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is a common condition with often devastating consequences. Because ARDS has multiple different causes, it is generally not appreciated as a very common cause of death. The disease is defined by fluid leaking into the lungs making breathing very uncomfortable and the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide become very difficult to maintain. These patients often require breathing machines (mechanical ventilation) to say alive, although recent research has shown that the settings on the ventilator can be an important determinant of who lives and who dies. The American Thoracic Society and its members have been a strong supporter of the topic of ARDS and have made considerable progress on the outcome of afflicted patients. However, roughly one third to one half of these patients still succumb to this illness, emphasizing the need for further research in this area.

The ARDS Foundation is an outstanding source of information for patients, families, and friends. The ATS is committed to its PAR partnership with the ARDS Foundation to ensure stakeholders see the enduring value of ongoing work and research related to ARDS and related disorders.

Atul Malhotra, MD

Atul Malhotra, MD
Vice President
American Thoracic Society
Member, ATS Executive Committee

Eileen Rubin, JD

Eileen Rubin, JD
President
ARDS Foundation
Member, ATS Public Advisory Roundtable

ATS ARDS Partner

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The ARDS Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization of individuals who have been personally affected by ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). Its mission is to raise awareness, increase education, and assist in funding medical research while providing a forum for all of those in the ARDS community.