5Ps Spell Positive Outcomes for ARDS Patients

Janice Powers, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, CWCN



Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) accounts for 1 in 10 critical care beds and kills 150,000 Americans each year. Nurses can make a significant impact in reducing these deaths through innovative positioning techniques. In addition, early recognition is key to a positive outcome.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with an overview of ARDS, so they can deliver evidence-based care to ARDS patients.


1. Identify the incidence of ARDS.
2. Discuss the causes and pathophysiology of ARDS.
3. Describe strategies and nursing interventions for improving outcomes of ARDS.


At the time of this writing, Jan Powers, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, CWCN, was a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Critical Care and Neuroscience Methodist Hospital, Clarian Health Partners, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is now the Director of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Director of Nursing Research and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at St. Vincent Hospital located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Powers has disclosed that she has received a speaker honorarium from KCI and Eli Lilly and Company within the previous 12 months.

Contact Hours: 1.8

Expiration Date: 3/31/2014


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $20.00

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