I hope that this was a good place to post this; I know that nurses who are in the MICU, CCU, and SICU would be familiar with this but from what I hear from some nurses, who are ARDS survivors, they say that they had never heard of ARDS before, or if they did, they really did not have a comprehensive understanding of the syndrome. I thought that this might be something some of you would be interested in.
We have just finished our poster for this May's ATS conference and our webmaster has poster it on the website. On it, we have displayed three X-rays, "Radiographic Findings in ARDS" which demonstrate the rapidity of ARDS. I am hoping that it will be helpful to lay people, to those who do not encounter ARDS on a regular basis, to families who have difficulties in understanding how quickly their loved ones go from having whatever their precipitating cause may be, to being critically ill, as well as the media who cannot comprehend ARDS at all.
This is a pdf file and depending upon your computer, it may take a couple of minutes to load. Once you open it, you can enlarge it to see the x-rays clearly by increasing the percentage in the bottom left.
We also just finished this year's ARDS Quilt, with a tribute to nurses!
(top row, to the left, red heart, it says, "Nurses are Angels")
If you care to look, this is a jpg file.