Gas Exchange


Mr. Nguyen is a 58-year-old patient that had septic shock and developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. He is orally intubated and on a mechanical ventilator. He is paralyzed and sedated.

  • What manifestations might you observe for a patient with ARDS?
  • What complications can Mr. Nguyen develop from being mechanically ventilated?
  • List priority nursing interventions to prevent complications associated with ventilatory support.
  • What interventions can be implemented specifically to prevent the development of Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia (VAP)?
  • You are orienting in the ICU, the nurse you are working with is not implementing the VAP interventions. What would you do?