Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term

Summer 2020

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810-OL1

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

John Chovan


acute respiratory distress syndrome, ARDS, nursing care, ARDS pathophysiology

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a complex disease discussed in the following poster. ARDS is an inflammatory disease with a high mortality rate, making it a topic of high interest. Numerous different diseases can initiate ARDS, but not everyone who develops one of those diseases goes into ARDS. The inflammatory response within the lungs causes refractory hypoxemia and shunting. Treatments available for ARDS is mechanical ventilation with smaller tidal volumes, prone positioning, and neuromuscular blocking agents. Nurses caring for these critically ill patients must have an understanding of the overall picture of ARDS, while continuously assessing for possible complications and changes. The pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and implications for nursing care are all topics discussed.

Included in

Nursing Commons



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