ARDS: acute respiratory distress syndrome

Elizabeth Doyle
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Respiratory distress is a common presentation in an emergency and critical care setting. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an acute onset condition where the lungs cannot provide the patient's vital organs with enough oxygen. ARDS can occur as a result of several underlying triggers. It is important that veterinary nurses know what to look out for in these patients, and how to appropriately nurse them to ensure they are not compromised further.

Figure 1. Patient receiving flow by oxygen while initial assessment is being carried out.
Figure 1. Patient receiving flow by oxygen while initial assessment is being carried out.

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