Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS): Treatments
Treatments for ARDS
ARDS is treated in a hospital’s intensive care unit. Current approaches focus on improving levels and providing supportive care. Doctors also will try to pinpoint and treat the underlying cause of the condition.
One of the main goals of treating ARDS is to provide to your and other (such as your and ). Your organs need oxygen to work properly.
usually is given through nasal prongs or a mask that over your and . However, if your oxygen level doesn’t rise or it’s still hard for you to breathe, your doctor will give you oxygen through a breathing tube. He or she will insert the flexible tube through your mouth or nose and into your .
Before inserting the tube, your doctor will squirt or spray a liquid medicine into your (and possibly your ) to make it numb. Your doctor also will give…