Upon completion, Nurse professionals who complete this enduring continuing nursing education content will be familiar with basic assessment of arterial blood gases and acid-base balance.
Participants can expect to:
- Recognize normal values
for pH, PaO2, PaCO2, SaO2 and HCO3.
- Explain significance
of these values.
- Describe how oxygen and
carbon dioxide are carried in the body and how they are measured.
- Relate the pH scale to
acidosis and alkalosis.
- Discuss the respiratory
and metabolic mechanisms and their role in controlling the body's acid-base
- Interpret basic arterial
blood gas values and relate these values to patient conditions.
- Suggest therapies for
- Be aware of other resources
for in-depth ABG interpretation information.