Protecting lungs from ventilator-induced injury


Mechanical ventilation is often used to treat acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a deadly disease most recently occurring in large numbers in patients suffering from advanced stages of COVID-19. While currently the best therapy available in the treatment of ARDS, mechanical ventilation often results in serious injury to the lungs.

A recent study bringing together experts in pulmonary medicine, engineering and drug delivery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center aims to protect patients’ lungs from mechanical ventilation damage — by exploiting the body’s own immune system response.

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