Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (cont.)
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Medications for ARDS
The following drugs may be administered:
Patients with ARDS may require a prolonged period of rehabilitation for both respiratory problems and muscle weakness. After discharge from the hospital, the person should follow-up with his or her healthcare provider for a lung function assessment.
Prevention of ARDS
Because aspiration is a risk factor for ARDS, taking appropriate measures to prevent aspiration, such as elevation of the head of the bed, may prevent some cases of ARDS.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014
Eloise M Harman, MD
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