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Nursing Interventions For Respiratory Distress
Fluid in lungs: ARDS (first called da nang lung as it was seen in the wounded in the vietnam war) is seen with many kinds of injuries to the lung either direct like pneumonia, or indirect like traumatic injury). Inflammation starting in the lung or elsewhere causes the lung to become fluid filled, stiff and leads to respiratory failure. Treatment is mechanical ventilator support and treatment underlying cause. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Two types: Sepsis syndrome, severe multiple trauma, and aspiration of saliva/gastric contents account for most cases of acute respiratory distress syndrome in the adult. Rds of the newborn is a completely different entity and a common problem in preterm infants. It is caused by deficiency of pulmonary surfactant in an immature lung. ...Read more
Follow your gut: Moms are usually able to recognize abnormalities in their children by instinct. The first sign of a child in respiratory distress is usually decreased oral intake. Fast breathing "tachypnea", indrawing between the ribs "retractions", anxiousness, and changing color to blue are all indications that the infant needs to see a doctor urgently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pattern illness: The label for a newborn refers to the pattern of inadequate lung function after birth. There are several potential causes, but the classical picture is the premature infant whose lungs have not developed completely by the time they deliver. Like painting walls in your house, lungs air sacs need a coating that keeps the air sacs open between breaths. This comes in late for premi's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: The length of time needed to recover from ARDS depends on the underlying cause. Many things can cause ARDS including infection, pulmonary embolus, cardiac causes, etc. Once the underlying cause is treated, recovery can begin. Patients who recover from ARDS usually face a lengthy recovery process, including some type of rehabilitation so encouraging the patient during this time is needed. ...Read more
Depends...: The speed of recovery from adult respiratory distress syndrome, ards, depends on the underlying cause of the ards. For example, if it is due to infection, the appropriate antibiotics are needed. It will take time for the lung injury to heal, regardless of the cause. Patients who recover from ARDS typically require a lengthy recovery process, including some form of rehabilitation. Patience is key. ...Read more
Not many: ARDS is a clinical disease; usually, chest xrays are usually suggestive. Ct scans of the chest are better. Sometimes, lung biopsies done by a lung surgeon are necessary to get at the diagnosis. There is no real blood test for the test. If you think you have ards, you should definitely seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more
Variable: Some people return to their previous state of health, but most have some lingering effects even as long as a year afterwards. Significant permanent impairment happens in about 10% of patients. Some of the effects are subtle an can only be detected with pulmonary function tests. Some people have a loss of energy and shortness of breath. ...Read more
Hx, Px, X ray: Rds is expected in premature infants or infants of diabetic mothers & emerges as increased work of breathing, need for oxygen & suggestive changes on xrays. There is some overlap of neonatal pneumonia, blood poisoning & rds symptoms & xrays so most are treated aggressively for all. Older kids can have a similar problem & the label is used when the pattern, xrays and o2 needs fit the pattern. ...Read more
When it happends: The frequency of respiratory distress tends to increase as the term of pregnancy decreases, reaching about 50% before 36 wks in males. It can occur in term babies, particularly diabetic mothers & I have seen some 30 wk premi's that never had it. Other conditions like lung fluid retention, amniotic fluid aspiration & neonatal pneumonia can have an identical presentation in the newborn period. ...Read more
ARDS...: In adult respiratory distress syndrome, ards, there is a severe lung reaction from some inciting event like infection, trauma, pulmonary embolus, cardiac causes, etc. The lungs develop severe, bilateral interstitial changes and the patient usually requires mechanical ventilation while the underlying cause is diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
It really depends on a number of factors. Respiratory Distress syndrome can be associated with premature birth. The lung continues to grow during childhood which will help to minimize early injury to the lung.
Avoiding infection, good nutrition and immunizations are part of the healthcare plan.
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ARDS: ARDS, now know as acute respiratory distress syndrome, is an acute inflammatory respiratory illness resulting from lung injury that usually leads to respiratory failure and need for intubation/mechanical ventilation. It can be caused by an initial insult directly (as in a pneumonia) or indirectly (sepsis) to the lungs. ...Read more
Aside from respiratory distress, under what other conditions should you place someone on oxygen as an emt?
Two common...: ...Indications are a heart attack and a sickle cell crisis. ...Read more
Premature lung: Prematures lack surfactant which is essential to keep alveoli expanded. This results in gradual collapse of more and more alveoli, (atelectasis) making it more difficult to oxygenate the blood. This becomes hyaline membrane disease or neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. ...Read more
Risk factor: Acute respiratory distress syndrome ARDS isform of lung failure results, inability to carry oxygen is seen in sepsis, burns, major injuries, drugs pneumonia, viral infection, and when other starts to fail. Smoking is a very important, contributory risk factor, even though smoking itself alone will not cause ards. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer