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Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a syndrome with identified predisposing factors, no known cause, a rapid onset, and severe lung malfunction that results in the inability of the lungs to take up oxygen. ARDS is one of the major causes of respiratory failure and hospital morbidity. Although some improvements have been made in ARDS treatment, healthcare professionals are still faced with many challenges in the care of patients with this syndrome. Despite numerous advances in supportive care, the mortality rate of ARDS remains high. Forty to sixty percent of patients with ARDS still 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 the treatment of precipitating factors with ventilatory support remains the standard therapy for reducing the severity of ARDS. Healthcare professionals play an essential role in prevention, early recognition and diagnosis, and treatment of this catastrophic syndrome.
This course is designed for healthcare professionals who care for patients who might be 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. The long-term care of a patient 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 a complete orientation to this complex care.
AARC Approval #142672000
- Describe the pathophysiology of ARDS.
- Define the stages in the development of ARDS.
- List the clinical manifestations of ARDS.
- Describe the treatment for a patient with ARDS.
- Identify collaborative care of a patient with ARDS.
Lisa A. Conry, MA, RRT, has been a respiratory therapist for 36 years. Ms. Conry has been an educator since 1989 and has had continuous clinical exposure to patients with ARDS. As an educator, she has taught courses on pharmacology (including medications used for patients with ARDS), mechanical ventilation (focusing on acute long injury and ARDS), pediatrics (comparing neonatal respiratory distress with adult respiratory distress), and pulmonary function studies.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.