Question 5 - Respiratory Practice Test for the CCRN

The nurse is monitoring a patient following a complicated appendectomy approximately 12 hours prior. The patient’s vital signs read: respiratory rate 26, heart rate 122, blood pressure 94/60, and \(O_2\) 92%. The nurse is concerned the patient may be developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Which of the following additional assessment findings support the nurse’s concern?

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