Understanding arterial blood gases

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This article examines acid-base balance and the interpretation of arterial blood gases (ABG). The article begins with a brief revision of related physiology followed by a description of the primary disorders of acid-base balance. The normal ranges and the significance of abnormal ABG results are explored. The article concludes by providing an easy to follow four-step guide to ABG interpretation with practice examples presented in the continuing professional development (CPD) task section.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-197
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Perioperative Practice
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2013

Bibliographical note

This was a Commissioned Article

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Medical–Surgical
  • Surgery


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