Acute respiratory distress syndrome: An overview for physician assistantsHariprashad, Anita RPA-C; Rizzolo, Denise PhD, PA-CJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: September 2013 - Volume 26 - Issue 9 - p 23–28 doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000433867.15142.5d Respiratory Medicine Abstract Author Information ABSTRACT An acute, diffuse, inflammatory lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) affects up to 10% of patients in the ICU and leads to multiorgan failure and death in nearly half the patients affected. This article reviews the causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment of ARDS. Anita Hariprashad works in a surgical ICU in Manhattan, New York. She recently completed her master's in physician assistant studies at Pace University. Denise Rizzolo is an assistant clinical professor in the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA program and an associate professor in the Seton Hall University PA program in West Orange, New Jersey. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article. Earn Category I CME Credit by reading this article and the article beginning on page 16 and successfully completing the posttest on page 29. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct. This material has been reviewed and is approved for 1 hour of clinical Category I (Preapproved) CME credit by the AAPA. The term of approval is for 1 year from the publication date of September 2013. © 2013 American Academy of Physician Assistants.