Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: An Overview, 2nd Edition
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Expiration Date: December 31, 2017
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a condition with predisposing factors, no known cause, rapid onset, and severe lung malfunction that results in the inability of the lungs to take up oxygen. ARDS is a primary cause of respiratory failure and hospital morbidity. Although some improvements have been made concerning the treatment of ARDS, healthcare professionals face many challenges during care of patients with the syndrome. Despite numerous advances in supportive care, the mortality rate of ARDS remains high; approximately 40% of patients with ARDS do not survive despite supportive therapy. Although researchers are investigating approaches to reduce the severity and progression of ARDS, prevention is the most important intervention, and treatment of precipitating factors, along with ventilatory support, remain standard therapy to reducing the severity of ARDS. Healthcare professionals play an essential role in the prevention, early recognition and diagnosis, and treatment of this catastrophic syndrome. This course is designed for acute-care nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for patients at risk for or who have ARDS. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of ARDS. The course presents essential information about the pathophysiology, incidence, progression, and collaborative treatment of ARDS. Long-term care of patients with ARDS is also discussed. A summary of care during the critical care period is also provided. However, the reader is encouraged to refer to critical care texts for complete orientation to this complex care.
California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 3 hours through March 23, 2017.
- Identify current trends and risk factors associated with ARDS.
- Describe the pathophysiology of ARDS.
- Define phases during development of ARDS.
- List clinical manifestations of ARDS.
- List criteria that must be present for diagnosis of ARDS.
- Describe treatment for patients with ARDS.
- Identify collaborative care of patients with ARDS.
Eileen S. O’Neill, PhD, RN, is professor emeritus at the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her areas of expertise are pathophysiology, advanced practice nursing, and nursing inquiry. Her clinical practice area is care of the adult patient. Dr. O’Neill’s research program centers on clinical and patient decision making, including the role of technology in improving patient care. She has been published in several leading nursing journals.
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