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    Berlin Criteria for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

    Provides diagnostic criteria for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).


    Launched during COVID-19 crisis.

    When to Use

    The Berlin Criteria for ARDS is the agreed upon update for ARDS definitions.

    Required criteria

    Must have all three of the following:

    Risk factor

    Select one of the following:

    Risk factor for ARDS present (e.g. pneumonia, trauma, sepsis, pancreatitis)
    Objective assessment (Echo) excludes hydrostatic edema if no risk factor present
    None of the above

    Based on oxygenation, select one of the following:

    Mild: PaO₂/FiO₂ >200 to ≤300 mmHg with PEEP OR CPAP ≥5 cm H₂O
    Moderate: PaO₂/FiO₂ >100 to ≤200 mmHg with PEEP ≥5 cm H₂O
    Severe: PaO₂/FiO₂ ≤100 mmHg with PEEP ≥5 cm H₂O
    None of the above
    Confirmed positive
    Confirmed negative

    Diagnostic Result:

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    Dr. V. Marco Ranieri

    About the Creator

    V. Marco Ranieri, MD, is a professor in the department of medical and surgical sciences at Università di Bologna in Italy. Previously, he was a professor of anesthesia and chair of the residency program in anesthesia and reanimation at the University of Turin. Dr. Ranieri’s primary research is focused on pharmacological interventions for the treatment of ARDS.

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