Mnemonic for Clinical Features of Acute respiratory distress syndrome – ARDS

Remember the Clinical Features of Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) using the mnemonic ARDS.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). #ARDS is severe, acute respiratory failure due to endothelial injury and noncardiogenic pulmonary edema with hypoxemia and decreased lung compliance. The diagnostic criteria are summarized by the #mnemonic ARDS:

  • Acute onset.
  • Ratio of PaO2/FIO2 < 200.
  • Diffuse bilateral infiltrates seen on x-ray of the chest.
  • Swan-Ganz wedge pressure < 18 mm Hg or no evidence of left atrial hypertension.
  • There are many conditions that can lead to ARDS. Most involve systemic inflammation leading to leakage of fluid into the alveolar spaces. These include sepsis, pneumonia, aspiration, trauma, smoke or toxic gas inhalation, shock, pancreatitis, transfusion reaction, surgery, obstetric emergencies, burns, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and multisystem organ failure.

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