Nursing Diagnosis for ARDS - Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), also known as respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) or adult respiratory distress syndrome (in contrast with IRDS) is a serious reaction to various forms of injuries to the lung.

ARDS is a severe lung disease caused by a variety of direct and indirect issues. It is characterized by inflammation of the lung parenchyma leading to impaired gas exchange with concomitant systemic release of inflammatory mediators causing inflammation, hypoxemia and frequently resulting in multiple organ failure. This condition is often fatal, usually requiring mechanical ventilation and admission to an intensive care unit. A less severe form is called acute lung injury (ALI).

ARDS formerly most commonly signified adult respiratory distress syndrome to differentiate it from infant respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants. However, as this type of pulmonary edema also occurs in children, ARDS has gradually shifted to mean acute rather than adult. The differences with the typical infant syndrome remain.

Nursing Diagnosis for ARDS - Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  1. Ineffective breathing pattern
  2. Impaired Gas Exchange
  3. Ineffective airway clearance
  4. Decreased Cardiac Output
  5. Risk for Injury
  6. Excess Fluid Volume
  7. Impaired Verbal Communication
  8. Impaired Physical Mobility
  9. Impaired Skin Integrity
  10. Sleep Pattern Disturbance
  11. Ineffective Coping

Nursing Diagnosis

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