Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Diagnosis and Trends in Management


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About the Course
This course comprehensively reviews acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a prevalent and life-threatening condition affecting approximately 10% of intensive care unit patients annually. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of ARDS, including its pathophysiology, different phenotypes, diagnosis, and contemporary multidisciplinary treatment strategies. The course will cover the evolving knowledge of ARDS since its original description in 1967. Additionally, the course will emphasize the importance of early recognition and appropriate management by multidisciplinary care teams, comprising nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, and respiratory therapists, in improving patient outcomes and quality of life. Furthermore, participants will explore the financial implications associated with ARDS treatments and the need for evidence-based and cost-effective care delivery. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the challenges ARDS poses in clinical practice effectively.  

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the predisposing risk factors associated with the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
  • Interpret the intricate pathophysiological mechanisms underlying ARDS.
  • Recognize the historical progression of ARDS literature, while critically evaluating the current advancements in bedside diagnostic techniques.
  • Recognize safe ventilatory practices specific to ARDS patients, including the exploration of potential rescue therapies.
  • Apply course concepts to thoroughly examine a clinical case scenario, effectively identifying and implementing appropriate treatment strategies for patients diagnosed with ARDS.

About the Author/Presenter
Scott Tilton is a board-certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner that currently specializes in cardiac critical care and mechanical support. The patient populations that he manages include the most severe forms of acute respiratory distress syndrome, which require veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 3-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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