Nursing Interventions for Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Nursing Interventions: Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

  1. Maintain a patent airway by suctioning. Use sterile, non-traumatic technique.
  2. Ensure adequate humidification to help liquefy tenacious secretions.
  3. Provide any other means of communication for the patient on mechanical ventilation.
  4. Gives sedatives as ordered to reduce restlessness.
  5. Reposition the patient often. A high fowler position may be needed.
  6. Note and record any changes in respiratory status, temperature, or hypotension that may indicate a deteriorating condition.
  7. Record caloric intake. Administer tube feedings and parenteral nutrition as ordered.
  8. To promote health and prevent fatigue, arrange the alternate periods of rest and activity.
  9. Maintain joint mobility by performing passive range-of-motion exercises.
  10. Provide meticulous skin care to prevent skin breakdown.
  11. Provide emotional support.
  12. Monitor the patient’s level of consciousness, noting confussion or mental sluggishness.
  13. Closely monitor the patient’s heart rate and blood pressure.
  14. Frequently evaluate the patient’s serum electrolyte levels.
  15. Monitor and record the patient’s response to medication.
  16. Evaluate the patient’s nutritional intake.

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