Patients being cared for in general clinical areas are becoming sicker McGloin et al, and sicker patients require more complex care and treatment Department of Health, ; DoH, As a consequence the accurate and timely interpretation of test results has become an essential skill for nurses to function effectively Muir et al, However, many nurses find acid-base balance confusing and view interpreting arterial blood gas ABG results as outside of the scope of their practice. Due to the increase in patient dependency it is no longer unusual for nurses to be caring for patients who need frequent ABG analysis. Nurses are often the first members of the health care team to see ABG results and an understanding of their significance and the ability to decide when medical staff need to be informed is important Woodrow,
Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation - a Case Study Approach Paperback – September 16 2016
How to Interpret an Arterial Blood Gas Analysis | Lecturio
Arterial blood gases play an important role in the work-up and management of critically ill patients and patients with a variety of pulmonary complaints and disorders. For example, they are used to guide the adjustment of ventilator parameters on mechanically ventilated patients and are also a standard part of the work-up of patients who present with unexplained hypoxemia or dyspnea. It is, therefore, important that students and physicians be able to interpret the results of arterial blood gas sampling, determine the patient's acid-base status and assess the adequacy of oxygenation. This primer describes a clinical approach to interpreting arterial blood gases.
Arterial Blood Gas Case Studies
Chapter 2 Blood Gas Classification Of all the concepts employed in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders, few are more important or less well understood than those of blood gas interpretation. Robert R. Demers In interpreting blood gas data, the creative therapist considers not only the present values but attempts to understand what came before and predict what might come afterwards. Stephen M.
Arterial blood gas ABG analysis may appear a complex and daunting task, but a little guidance can make it much simpler. It is important to understand the physiological principles underpinning blood gas analysis, so these will be outlined briefly before exploring some practice issues for patients undergoing arterial blood gas sampling. The key to making sense of arterial blood gases is to use a structured approach. Some patient case studies show this in action.