Every clinician should be able to understand the values listed on an arterial blood gas report. Correlating the patient’s clinical picture with the ABG results is an example of critical thinking. Clinicians can readily interpret ABGs using the basic physiologic principles presented in this course. Early and accurate ABG interpretation helps ensure that appropriate interventions are taken.
The purpose of this course is to provide nurses and respiratory therapists with information about arterial blood gas interpretation so they will interpret and manage ABG imbalances effectively. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Differentiate between an acid and a base
- Identify two buffering systems within the body
- Define the basic components of an arterial blood gas report
- List the normal ABG parameters
- Discuss four common clinical problems that lead to respiratory imbalances
- Discuss four common clinical problems that lead to metabolic imbalances
- Explain the significance of left and right shifts on the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve
- Identify four mechanisms of hypoxemia and how they are documented on arterial blood gas analysis
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and respiratory therapists.
Respiratory therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
This program has been approved for 2.5 contact hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. The course has been approved from 4/13/2015 to 4/13/2017.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.
This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.
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