Nursing Diagnosis for Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

Nursing Diagnosis for ARDS - Acute respiratory distress syndrome

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from getting into the blood.

Causes

ARDS can be caused by any major swelling (inflammation) or injury to the lung. Some common causes include:
  • Breathing vomit into the lungs (aspiration)
  • Inhaling chemicals
  • Pneumonia
  • Septic shock
  • Trauma

ARDS leads to a buildup of fluid in the air sacs. This fluid prevents enough oxygen from passing into the bloodstream.

The fluid buildup also makes the lungs heavy and stiff, and decreases the lungs' ability to expand. The level of oxygen in the blood can stay dangerously low, even if the person receives oxygen from a breathing machine (mechanical ventilator) through a breathing tube (endotracheal tube).

ARDS often occurs along with the failure of other organ systems, such as the liver or the kidneys. Cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol use may be risk factors.

Symptoms
  • Labored, rapid breathing
  • Low blood pressure and organ failure
  • Shortness of breath
Symptoms usually develop within 24 to 48 hours of the original injury or illness. Often, people with ARDS are so sick they are unable to complain of symptoms.



Nursing Diagnosis for Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

Nursing Diagnosis

Powered by Blogger.
Back To Top