Acute respiratory distress syndrome

Acute respiratory distress syndrome involves abrupt development of shortness of breath in just hours to days of a stimulating event.

Some of these events generally include:

  • Trauma
  • Overdose on certain drugs
  • Sepsis
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Massive transfusion of blood products
  • Aspiration
    Acute respiratory distress syndrome

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome typically arises within 12-48 hours after an event, but in rare cases, there is a delay for a few days.

In most instances, the initial event is evident but in some, the underlying cause is difficult to pinpoint.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome typically arises within 12-48 hours after an event, but in rare cases, there is a delay for a few days. Generally, those who develop the condition are seriously sick, usually with multiple organ failure.

What are the signs?

  • Agitation
  • Severe difficulty breathing
  • Anxiety
  • Fever

Management of acute respiratory distress syndrome

Hospitalization is necessary if an individual develops acute respiratory distress syndrome, usually in an intensive care unit.

Remember that there is no specific treatment for the condition, but mainly supportive in nature which includes a respiratory and oxygen.

The doctor administers intravenous fluids to provide nutrition as well as prevent dehydration. In addition, strict monitoring is necessary to prevent the buildup of fluid in the lungs.

Antibiotics are prescribed by the doctor since a bacterial infection is often an underlying cause of the condition. In some cases, corticosteroids are given.

FACT CHECK

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_respiratory_distress_syndrome

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000103.htm

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ards/symptoms-causes/syc-20355576

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