During the Network’s nearly twenty years of existence, it created several tools for use with patients with ALI/ARDS.

Fluid Algorithm (composite and by treatment assignment)

Fluid management algorithm with footnotes from the FACTT study.

Ventilator Protocol card

Mechanical ventilation protocol summary of low tidal volume used in the ALVEOLI study.

Predicted body weight calculator

Tidal volumes for the ARMA study were based on predicted body weight (PBW). This is a calculation based on gender and height. The following are reference tables with PBW calculated for 4-8ml tidal volumes for males and females.

Formulæ: { ♂: PBW (kg) = 50 + 2.3 (height (in) – 60) ┃ ♀: PBW (kg) = 45.5 + 2.3 (height (in) – 60) }

Using the tools

These tools were developed by the NIH-NHLBI ARDS Network as a part of a government research contract. They are available for use free of charge, provided that the NIH-NHLBI ARDS Network is cited as the source.