Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Topic Guide
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a severe lung condition caused by trauma, sepsis, pancreatitis, aspiration, drug overdose, and massive blood transfusion. Symptoms include shortness of breath, anxiety, agitation, and fever. Treatment is generally ICU care in a hospital with antibiotics and oxygen treatments. There is no cure for ARDS.
Sepsis Sepsis is a blood infection caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Immunocompromised individuals, very young babies, and the elderly are most at risk for developing sepsis. Symptoms and signs include chills, shaking, fever, rapid heartbeat, confusion, rash, and joint pain. Treatment depends upon the severity of the infection and may involve the patient being placed on oxygen and given IV antibiotics and saline.