Interpretation of arterial blood gases

  • CP Dokwal Senior Consultant & Co-ordinator, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Apollo Hospitals Dhaka
Keywords: arterial blood gases

Abstract

Measuring arterial blood gas is routinely performed in critically ill patients, and may unravel severe life-threatening acid-base disorders or hypoxemia. It provides the vital information about ventilation, oxygenation, and acid-base status in such persons. These three processes are intimately related to each other in achieving normal oxygenation and acid-balance in the body.

The interpretation of arterial blood gas requires a reasonable understanding of respiratory physiology and acid-base balance in the body. Hence, in the following section, first the role of alveolar ventilation, oxygenation, and the maintenance of acid-base homeostasis have been discussed. This is followed by a step-wise approach to analyze the acid-base disorders, if present.

DOI: 10.3329/pulse.v3i1.6547

Pulse Vol.3(1) July 2009 p15-19

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Dokwal, C. (1). Interpretation of arterial blood gases. Pulse, 3(1), 15-19. https://doi.org/10.3329/pulse.v3i1.6547
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