When caring for a critically ill patient who is being mechanically ventilated, the nurse will astutely monitor for which of the following clinical manifestations of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS)?
A) Increased gastrointestinal (GI) motility
B) Increased serum albumin
C) Decreased blood urea nitrogen (BUN)/creatinine ratio
D) Decreased respiratory compliance
Clinical manifestations of MODS include symptoms of respiratory distress, signs and symptoms of decreased renal perfusion, decreased serum albumin and prealbumin, decreased GI motility, acute neurologic changes, myocardial dysfunction, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), and changes in glucose metabolism.