Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Summer 2016

Document Type


Course Number

N 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D Chovan


acute, respiratory, distress, syndrome, ARDS, pulmonary

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a severe respiratory ailment that is a chief cause of mortality for patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) (Gibbons, 2015). ARDS involves the rapid development of respiratory failure resulting from various diseases or injuries to the lungs. Because it includes both short and long term complications, early detection of ARDS is beneficial to prevent its devastating course. Often, these patients have various diseases and injuries which make it difficult to determine the appropriate therapy. Most therapies aim to enhance oxygenation. Some of the interventions include low tidal volume mechanical ventilation and placing the patient in a prone position. Keen assessment skills are crucial in detecting ARDS in its earliest stage to prevent its progression. Continual assessment of the patient’s condition is vital to ensure the appropriate nursing interventions are being utilized.

Included in

Nursing Commons



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