Adult respiratory distress syndrome is a phenomenon encountered by many pediatric critical care nurses. Care of these complex patients is multifaceted and requires an in-depth understanding of pathophysiology and therapeutic intervention. Several innovative treatments are now available as biomedical and technical advances have evolved. Outcomes will improve as clinicians improve patient selection, identify therapeutic endpoints, and risk/benefits. This article addresses the current understanding of pathophysiology, innovative treatments, and nursing care issues.

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