Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

150 Minutes

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Activity Description

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening condition characterized by poor oxygenation and non-compliant or "stiff" lungs. The disorder is associated with capillary endothelial injury and diffuse alveolar damage. Once ARDS develops, patients usually have varying degrees of pulmonary artery vasoconstriction and may develop pulmonary hypertension. ARDS carries a high mortality, and few effective therapeutic modalities exist to ameliorate this deadly condition. This activity reviews the clinical presentation, evaluation, and management of acute respiratory distress syndrome and highlights the importance of coordinated interprofessional teamwork in caring for patients with this condition.

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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the etiology of acute respiratory distress syndrome.

  • Outline a patient presentation consistent with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

  • Identify the parameters and associated values in the NIH-NHLBI ARDS Clinical Network Mechanical Ventilation Protocol.

  • Explain the critical role of well-coordinated, interprofessional teamwork when caring for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.


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Absolutely fantastic review. Very thorough and comprehensive. I relearned a lot. If you would include photos or diagrams of actual pathology, it would help so much to cement these concepts. I used this diagram to help me understand the concepts. Using diagrams explaining compliance would help a lot as well. I'm a very visual learner. Many thx.

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