Pediatric Patients With ARDS

Admission of pediatric patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) accounts for approximately two percent of all admissions to the pediatric intensive care unit.

Patricia Moloney-Harmon, a clinical nurse specialist for children’s services at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, says the mortality rate for these patients is 18 to 32 percent, so it is important to do everything you can to prevent the condition from progressing.

Moloney-Harmon presents the session “I Can’t Breathe: ALI/ARDS in Children,” today, at 4:15-5:30 p.m. in room 332A and Thursday, 10-11:15 a.m., in room 332C.

The session will provide attendees with information about the pathogenesis of ARDS and how to assess a pediatric patient for early identification. It includes an interactive segment on appraising management strategies to optimize patient outcomes and discussion of a case study that reviews the progression of a patient with ARDS.

“I’d like attendees to get the knowledge they need to feel comfortable caring for the patient with ARDS,” she adds.

Moloney-Harmon will also discuss therapy approaches, new ventilator strategies, medications and other targeted nursing interventions.