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Transcript of ARDS
University of South Alabama
A disease that affects nearly 190,000
people annually in the United States Alone
-American Heart Association 2007
Approximately 25 percent to 40 percent of ARDS cases are fatal,
which is a huge improvement since the 50-70% just 20 years ago
So What does it look like?
So in the matter of only THREE days a person can go into FULL ARDS
That leaves very little time for us, as health care providers to take action
So what are the
Signs and Symptoms?
* slight increase in heart rate and resp. rate
*Shallow Rapid Breathing
*Decreasing PaO2 despite O2 therapy
Well, there are several reasons
1. Pulmonary Edema
Associated with the inflammatory
deposition of proteins
Causes the lungs to stiffen
These cause stiff and non-compliant lungs
and protein filled fluid in alveoli
Atelectasis and pulmonary edema lead
to pulmonary shunting
So what causes it:
So What about YOUR patients???
LETS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
I.D. and treat the underlying causes
High Pressure Ventilation
-Fluids and Electrolytes
-Sedation to facilitate ventilation
and lower 02 consumption
Before you can begin treatment, you have to properly diagnose