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Interpreting and using the arterial blood gas analysis

Lian, Jin Xiong BSN, RN, CNS

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000372212.89520.18
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This article reviews the physiology behind ABGs and describes a 5-step approach to ABG interpretation. The 5-step approach is then applied to case studies that illustrate how to use ABGs to manage patients, particularly those on mechanical ventilation.

Jin Xiong Lian is a clinical nurse specialist in the intensive care unit at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, a teaching hospital for the University of Sydney in Australia.

Use this 5-step approach to help manage patients on mechanical ventilation.

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