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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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Also add pao2 level. The most important are ph, paco2, and pao2. ...Read more
See below: An arterial blood gas (abg) is used to detect the oxygenation in blood and see if there is any discrepancy to that obtained from the lungs (via a finger or ear oxygen sensor). If so, it could be something like a blood clot in the lungs. It also tells you your carbon dioxide level and blood acidity. You can refuse any test you want. ...Read more
Yes but...: An arterial blood gas (abg) can be performed awake or asleep. This can be a somewhat painful blood test and one would likely not be able to stay asleep while being performed. However, this can be done on a sedated patient or one who has an catheter for access to the the arterial blood system. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the reason why the patient was placed on the ventilator in the first place and how they respond. Sometimes an abg is obtained only a few minutes after being placed on a ventilator (e.g. After an emergency intubation); often, an abg is not needed at all (e.g. Intubated for an elective procedure requiring general anesthesia). ...Read more
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