Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term

Summer 8-8-2021

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan & Dr. Butz


ARDS, Prone Positioning, Mechanical Ventilation, Covid-19, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening condition caused by damage in the lungs leading to persistent hypoxemia. The alveoli in the lungs become filled with fluid from damage to the pulmonary capillaries due to inflammatory mediators. The buildup of fluid in the lungs ultimately result in intubation of the patient and mechanical ventilation (Senapathi et al., 2020). ARDS has become more prevalent today with the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic affecting 200 countries resulting is 1.1 million deaths so far (Weiss et al., 2021). Multiple therapies exist for the management of ARDS including prone positioning, deep sedation, and mechanical ventilation with the usage of PEEP and high oxygen concentration. Understanding the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, and risk factors for ARDS is crucial due to the high mortality rate of 35-46% (Weiss et al., 2021). This poster should be used as an education tool for health care professionals to learn more about ARDS.

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Copyright, some rights reserved. Attribution – Noncommercial – No Derivative Works

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