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Can you explain under what conditions is arterial blood gas analysis [abg] used?

Can you explain under what conditions is arterial blood gas analysis [abg] used?

Several: Reasons to check abg. These include checking for oxygen levels to make sure individual has adequate level of oxygen. Co2 levels are checked to rule out co2 retention as that can occur in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Also ph levels are checked in abg to make sure that body metabolism is functioning properly. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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How can I explain arterial blood gas?

How can I explain arterial blood gas?

Blood Gases: I am not sure what context you are asking about. The questions is very ambiguous. What specifically prompts this question? But, blood gases tell the medical team how well the oxygen and carbon dioxide balance is being maintained in the body. It can tell how the fragile balance of being acidic or basic is in a sick person. It is used in many instances in the hospital with very ill patients. ...Read more

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How can you interpret a arterial blood gas test?

How can you interpret a arterial blood gas test?

Difficult: Interpreting blood gas results requires a thorough knowledge of respiratory physiology, metabolic alterations, changes due to body making compensation for the abnormalities and effect of various interventions. Arterial blood gas results is not something to be interpreted by a lay person. ...Read more

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Is it true that an arterial blood gas of 92% is bad?

Is it true that an arterial blood gas of 92% is bad?

Yes: Its not horribly bad but bad enough that something has to be done to raise the oxygen level in the hemoglobin. We consider the oxygen to be low at 60 which coincides with a blood gas of 90 thus at 92 you are nearing a bad level ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arterial blood gas?

What is the definition or description of: arterial blood gas?

Blood test: It's a blood test where blood is drawn from your artery (and not the vein where it's usually taken from). It is done to evaluate the amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, acid and several other parameters in the blood. ...Read more

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What are the normal ranges in arterial blood gas?

What are the normal ranges in arterial blood gas?

See below: Here are the "ideal" values. However, it all depends on the situation and the relationships between the numbers (i.e. Is the body compensating appropriately for the situation). Ph: 7.35-7.45, po2 80-120, pco2 38-42, hco3 22-28. ...Read more

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How does smoking affect arterial blood gas results?

How does smoking affect arterial blood gas results?

Measure CO level: An arterial blood gas measures the blood pH (normal 7.40), po2 (partial pressure of oxygen), pco2, partial pressure of co2 and the bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level is calculated. Smoking increases carboxyhemoglobin level with carbon monoxide binding to the hemoglobin displacing oxygen. The po2 is unaffected by carbon monoxide but the hemoglobin delivers carbon monoxide (a poison) to tissues instead of oxygen. ...Read more

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How would oxygen deprivation change arterial blood gas levels?

How would oxygen deprivation change arterial blood gas levels?

Breath rate increase: O2 deprivation will typically cause people to breath faster. Abg measures levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and blood ph. Faster breathing causes a drop in co2 which then causes the blood to have an increase in ph (towards basic, not acidic). Over time, the body would compensate for this ph change via acid retention by the kidney and although the co2 would remain low, the ph would approach normal. ...Read more

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When would you look at cord venous blood gas levels and arterial blood gas levels?

When would you look at cord venous blood gas levels and arterial blood gas levels?

Difficult delivery: These tests are used to help predict how difficult the delivery was for the baby. Any difficult delivery will often have cord gases taken; if baby is showing signs of distress, then an arterial blood gas from baby may be taken as well. ...Read more

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Arterial blood gas, what is this?

Arterial blood gas, what is this?

Mearsurment: THe sampling of blood from an artery gives the tester a clue as to how much oxygen your cells are carrying, the level of Co2 to see if respiration and acid base balance is in check. ABG is often performed during asthma to see the pulmonary status and whn one is on a ventilatr to breathe. It can ensure the ventilator is producing enough ventialtion ...Read more

Arterial Blood Gas (Definition)

It's a blood test where blood is drawn from your artery (and not the vein where it's usually taken from). It is done to evaluate the amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, acid and several other ...Read more


Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more