ABG Analysis (Full Version)
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Arterial blood gases are an invaluable tool in assessing ventilation, acid-base balance and oxygenation. The most important part of analyzing lab values is to remember to treat the patient, not the numbers. Lab results should always be correlated with good clinical data. Accurate history and physical examinations are a clinician’s best resources.
This material is intended for HOs, junior MOs and those interested in critical care staff. It covers some basic theory and practical applications of oxygenation, ventilation and acid-base balance.
Once you understand this material, you may want more comprehensive information. To that end, throughout the course, I have provided some bonuses as well for extra infos.
My purpose here is to give information that is of practical value to all my students. My hope is that this information will improve the reader’s critical care decision-making, allow a better understanding of acid-base correction and ventilator management, and most importantly, be a foundation for further study of these complex physiological concepts.
The course begins with brief explanations of the concepts of acid-base balance. The steps for ABG interpretation are then presented, along with patient scenarios to illustrate the method.