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Volume and pressure-limited (‘lung-protective’) mechanical ventilation decreases short-term mortality in patients with acute lung injury (ALI). This multicentre prospective cohort study from the USA evaluated the association of lung-protective mechanical ventilation with a 2-year survival period in patients with ALI.
The study included 485 mechanically ventilated patients with ALI diagnosed according to the American-European Consensus criteria. After onset of ALI, …