How is respiratory distress managed in patients with multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) in sepsis?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Ali H Al-Khafaji, MD, MPH, FACP, FCCP, FCCM; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Most patients who are in a septic state experience respiratory distress secondary to severe sepsis or as a manifestation of septic shock. Pulmonary dysfunction of sepsis (ie, acute respiratory distress syndrome [ARDS]) also may occur. These patients need intubation and mechanical ventilation for optimum respiratory support.

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