Acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Mr. Nguyen is a 58-year-old patient that had septic shock and developed acute respiratory distress syndrome. He is orally intubated and on a mechanical ventilator. He is paralyzed and sedated.

· What manifestations might you observe for a patient with ARDS?

· What complications can Mr. Nguyen develop from being mechanically ventilated?

· List priority nursing interventions to prevent complications associated with ventilatory support.

· What interventions can be implemented specifically to prevent the development of Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia (VAP)?

· You are orienting in the ICU, the nurse you are working with is not implementing the VAP interventions. What would you do?