Nurse Teaching on Risk Factors for Development of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

Nurse educated the patient and caregiver on the risk factors for development of ARDS as follows:

ARDS usually occurs in patients, who are severely ill, hospitalized, and have many factors of comorbidity. Injury to the lungs and alveoli can occur secondary to conditions such as,

  1. Severe sepsis
  2. Excessive inhalation of exhaust fumes
  3. Unresolving pneumonia
  4. Near drowning with fluid accumulation in the lungs
  5. Major physical trauma to the chest, injuring the lungs
  6. Aspiration of food material into the lungs


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