53: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Part 1 With Guest Christian Guzman APRN

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53: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Part 1 With Guest Christian Guzman APRN

May 12, 2023

53: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Part 1 With Guest Christian Guzman APRN

Sarah is welcoming back Christian Guzman APRN on the show for a two-part series on acute respiratory distress syndrome, otherwise known as ARDS. Don’t know how to properly diagnose ARDS, or treat it without further damaging the lungs? This episode will answer your questions!

Christian shares the case of a patient who presented with abnormal symptoms for his age, and how they reached an ARDS diagnosis. ARDS is a secondary diagnosis, so you’ll also hear how to differentiate between ARDS and other conditions like pneumonia, aspiration, congestive heart failure, viral infections, etc.

In this episode, Christian gives a history of ARDS, how our treatment methods have changed, and why lung protective ventilation is essential for care. He also details the 3 types of trauma that can occur with ventilation, including atelectotrauma, barotrauma and volutrauma, plus one newer trauma that’s showing up in the literature.

For a breakdown of the history, pathology, and treatment for ARDS, listen to this conversation!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Christian’s career in critical care
  • His patient’s unusual presentation in the ER
  • What the patient’s tests showed and what was concerning
  • The cause of the patient’s pleural effusion
  • Diagnostic criteria for ARDS
  • The progression of ARDS
  • How we treat ARDS
  • Types of ventilation trauma
  • How to prevent harm and promote resting of the lungs

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This episode was produced by Podcast Boutique

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