Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Nursing Care Plan

Acute Respiratory Distress SyndromeAcute respiratory syndrome (ARDS) is not a disease in itself, it is a syndrome. It is the reaction of the lungs to infection or trauma. It is characterized by hypoxemia and bilateral pulmonary infiltrates. Basically, this condition prevents oxygen from getting into the lungs because of the accumulation of fluids in the air sacs

Causes

  • Severe trauma
  • Severe infection or bacteremia
  • Aspiration
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Near drowning
  • Chemical inhalation

Signs and Symptoms

  • Dyspnea
  • Hypotension
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Fever

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Nursing Care Plan



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About Chadd Reyes R.N.

I am Chadd Reyes, 21 years old. I graduated from Concordia College last 2011 as a Cum Laude. I passed the board exam last July 2011. I have been working as a volunteer nurse at Unciano General Hospital since March 2012. As a part time job, I work as a contractor for oDesk. I write articles for various medical topics. I have a passion for both Nursing and writing. I would enjoy being a nurse writer if given the chance. I want to impart my knowledge to my fellow and future colleagues.