Critical Care Chronicles: Addressing Manifestations, Complications, and Nursing Interventions in the Management of a Mechanically Ventilated Patient with ARDS

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?

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