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We are proud to bring you the latest issue of Respiratory Reader with a focus on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). ARDS represents a life-threatening complication of inflammatory disorders including sepsis, trauma, pancreatitis, and pneumonia. Affecting 150,000 to 200,000 people in the United States each year, ARDS leads to death in as many as 45% of patients depending on severity. Despite intense investigation of ARDS pathophysiology and treatment, mortality has only slightly decreased in recent years.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify complications of H1N1 influenza pneumonia to improve diagnosis and management of influenza-related illness
  • Increase clinical recognition of the acute respiratory distress syndrome to improve administration of evidence-based therapeutic strategies
  • Improve physician awareness of cardiovascular complications of influenza to increase influenza vaccination rates in at-risk populations with cardiovascular disease.
  • Increase appropriate evaluation and triage of patients with suspected sepsis via use of a rapid bedside screen.
  • Improve diagnostic skills for differentiating causes of shock by recognizing the role of focused bedside cardiac ultrasound.
  • Improve patient safety by recognizing the importance of point-of-care ultrasound for procedural guidance in vascular access and pleural drainage.

Reading Resources:

  1. Thompson BT, Chambers RC, Liu KD. The Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. NEJM. 2017; 377:562-72
  2. Reed C, Chaves SS, Perez A, et al. Complications among adults hospitalized with influenza: a comparison of seasonal influenza and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Clin Infect Dis. 2014; 59(2):166–174.
  3. van de Veerdonk FL, et al. Influenza-associated aspergillosis in Critically Ill Patients. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2017; 196 (4): 524-527.
  4. Gurfinkel EP, de la Fuente RL, Mendiz O, Mautner B. Influenza vaccine pilot study in acute coronary syndromes and planned percutaneous coronary interventions: the FLU Vaccination Acute Coronary Syndromes (FLUVACS) Study. Circulation. 2002;105(18):2143–2147.
  5. Mamas MA, Fraser D, Neyses L. Cardiovascular manifestations associated with influenza virus infection. Int J Cardiol. 2008;130(3):304–309.


Drs. Barbash, Bain, Fitzpatrick, Lamberty, Levine, McVerry,  have reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 10/18/2017 | Last Modified On: 10/18/2017 | Expires: 10/18/2018

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