ARDS: Unlocking the Eight Key Care Components for Successful Short and Long Term Outcomes

Author(s): Vollman Kathleen M

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Mar 31, 2023

Topics: COVID-19, Pulmonary

Level: Proficient

Population: Adult

Role: Educator, Staff

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Activity Summary

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The Petal Network is a research community focused on studying prevention progression, early recognition and care of the patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The network has numerous studies in the pipeline that provide nurses with evidence-based direction on supportive care practices. This session outlines a detailed definition and the pathophysiologic processes in ARDS. A critical anaysis of new multidisciplinary evidence-based supportive treatments are discussed using a structured technique referred to as the 8 Ps (prevention, PEEP, pipes and pump, paralysis, positioning, protein and protocol-based care). Patients with ARDS are complicated; nurses need to understand new evidence and apply it to their practice to ensure these patients not only survive their ICU stay, but also return to their home and community. A case study is presented to enhance learning.


  • Identify strategies for early recognition of patients with ARDS and explain the pathophysiologic manifestations seen in ARDS.
  • Apply the 8 Ps of supportive evidence-based care practices for patients with ARDS.
  • Summarize future interventions which demonstrate an impact on both short and long term outcomes for the ARDS patient.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

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