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How can you treat acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs)?

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Treatment for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs) aims to get oxygen levels in your blood back up to where they should be, so your organs get what they need. Doctors might start with an air mask and later go to a breathing tube and ventilator (a machine that helps you breathe), depending on exactly what you need.

Other treatments might include:

People who respond to treatment usually have a full recovery with no long-term harm.

  • Nutrition and medicine through IV fluids
  • Medicine to prevent bleeding and blood clots
  • Medicine to keep you calm and comfortable
  • People with ARDS are treated in the intensive care unit at a hospital.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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