Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (for Nurses)
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome is defined as an acute, diffuse, inflammatory lung condition leading to significant changes in a patient’s lung tissues, ability to oxygenate and ability to breath. It is the most severe form of Acute Lung Injury (ALI) and is often fatal with very few effective modalities in human medicine let alone veterinary medicine.
Management requires intensive care with a dedicated support team, specialized ventilation management, medical and fluid support strategies. In this webinar, we will try to cover the risk factors, pathophysiology, treatment, complications and post-treatment management.
Recording from 16 June 2021
Dr Cheryl MacPherson BVSc(Hons), GradCertPharmMed, Cert IV TAE, MANZCVS(E&CC)
Having qualified in 1995 at the University of Melbourne, I have spent the majority of my career in emergency and specialist practice while still maintaining a connection with general practice for work life balance. I have spent some time working with rescued wildlife in Thailand and taught small animal clinical anaesthesia to veterinary students at the University of Sydney. I achieved Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2004 in the field of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and have currently been employed at the Brisbane Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Service (BVECCS) for the past 10 years. More recently I have completed a Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine through UNSW.
My love of emergency medicine stems from the interesting and varied caseload, the adrenalin rush of a GDV and the satisfaction in helping improve the health and well-being of emergency patients. After 25 years of practising, it is the one area that keeps me coming back.