is a severe, life-threatening medical condition characterized by widespread inflammation in the lungs. While ARDS may be triggered by a trauma or lung infection, it is usually the result of sepsis.
signs and symptoms of ARDS usually
begins within 72 hours of the initial insult or injury to the lung and may include
• Shortness of breath
• Fast breathing
• Low oxygen level in the blood
- Arterial blood gas analysis
- Chest X-ray
Acute respiratory distress syndrome is usually treated with mechanical ventilation in the Intensive Care Unit.