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what is the definition or description of: abg?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Arterial blood gas: This is a test that measures the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide ( the bodies waste gas) as well as the ph of the blood. All of these things must be kept within certain ranges and disturbances in them can indicate certain kinds of medical problems.

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Where do I go to get an abg done?

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Dr. Lisa Hogan
General Surgery 35 years experience
Follow equipment: An abg (arterial blood gas) is a specialized type of blood draw from an artery, so you need an experienced medical professional with training/experience. This lab is usually run immediately for accuracy, so it needs to be done on site where there is a blood gas machine. Places that might have this would be doctor's offices or clinics, pulmonary labs, labs, hospitals, ers, instant care facilities.
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Where is an abg usually done? At a hospital?

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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: An abg is an arterial blood gas and entails a needle inserted into the artery in the wrist. It is usually done in the hospital's pulmonary lab or while an inpatient.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know the normal values for an abg?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Arterial Blood Gas: Check out http://www.globalrph.com/abg_analysis.htm for normal reference ranges for ABGs. There are many smartphone apps for interpretation.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What does the b stand for in abg results?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Arterial blood gas: Abg = arterial blood gas.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are all three ph, pac02, and hc03 checked in abg in a trauma situation?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Also add pao2 level. The most important are ph, paco2, and pao2.

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