Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

ARDS is an acute and persistent lung inflammatory process with increased vascular permeability leading to severe hypoxia that can affect 20% of septic shock patients.18,19 Lung deterioration is a multiphase process that begins after infection, injury, or exacerbation of the medical condition. The patient appears stable; however, the chest radiograph reveals parenchymal infiltrates. At this time the patient has pulmonary edema and may be hyperventilating.18,19 During the next phase the patient develops respiratory insufficiency and pulmonary edema can be seen on chest radiographs. Severe hypoxia may ensue, leading to mechanical ventilation.

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