Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is one of the most serious and challenging conditions we encounter in the ICU. It’s also one of the life threatening complications of COVID-19. Here’s a #onePager that will help you understand ARDS, including its definition, pathophysiology, and the approach I use for treatment. Hint: just remember the Eight P’s: PEEP (lung protective ventilation), Prone positioning, Paralysis (neuromuscular blockade), Prostacyclins (inhaled vasodilators), Peeing (diuresis), Pleural evacuation (thoracentesis), Peripheral oxygenation (ECMO), and Prednisone (corticosteroids).