Some medical conditions are more serious than others and some can present more rapidly than others as well. One such example is Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). It is usually the case that ARDS will develop as a consequence of suffering from another condition. It basically refers to a situation whereby the lungs cannot take in enough oxygen to serve the body. As you can imagine this is a serious condition and prompt treatment is essential if someone is to have a good chance of survival.
A failure to diagnose Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) could actually be fatal since urgent intensive treatment is required in order to have a chance of battling and overcoming the condition. Someone with ARDS will very likely have another medical condition that has led to the development of ARDS in the first place. This means they have more than one condition to battle against.
Very often the most appropriate treatment is for the patient to be ventilated in ICU. As such they may remain in hospital for quite some time before being well enough to leave to go home. Even then the outcome and recovery can be a long process as the condition is serious.
Would your life be affected by a failure to diagnose Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)?
Make no mistake: this is a very serious condition and it can present itself quickly. As such if you don’t receive urgent medical attention it could be catastrophic. There is always the potential for ARDS to be wrongly diagnosed or missed and if that were the case it could be fatal. Getting urgent treatment is imperative if the condition is to be properly treated and resolved. An intensive assessment of the patient will determine whether ARDS is present or not.
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