Posted: July 5th, 2017
A patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is receiving oxygen by a nonrebreather mask, but arterial blood gas measurements still show poor oxygenation. As the nurse responsible for this patient’s care, you would anticipate a physician order for what action?
A. Perform endotracheal intubation and initiate mechanical ventilation
B. Immediately begin continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) via the patient’s nose and mouth
C. Administer furosemide (Lasix) 100 mg IV push stat
D. Call a code for respiratory arrest
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