Assessment and Management of Acute Respiratory Distress in the ICU

  • Bishwajit Bhattacharya
  • Kimberly Davis


Acute respiratory distress is a common reason for ICU admission and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Delayed treatment can be catastrophic, whereas prompt and appropriate intervention can positively impact outcome. In this chapter we discuss the pathophysiology of respiratory distress clinicians may encounter in the ICU and management strategies for acute respiratory distress. Even with optimal management, many patients will experience profound morbidity and require prolonged intensive medical support. Long-term considerations must be consistent with the patient’s goals of care.


Respiratory failure Mechanical ventilation Hypoxia Respiratory distress Acute respiratory distress syndrome 


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  1. 1.Section of General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Department of SurgeryYale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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