Arterial blood gases, very low oxygen levels found, what to do?

What is the level. If that's you, it must be wrong since you would not be thinking enough to be here, consider venous blood. On the other hand if it is someone else, then that person needs oxygen either by cannula, mask or even a ventilator.

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Arterial blood gases, very low oxygen levels found in my baby. Will he have cp?

Can't tell. These are tests of a single point in time. Brief low oxygen levels usually don't harm a newborn. If low oxygen is prolonged, then problems may arise. Talk with the doctor who ordered the test or who knows your baby best. Read more...
Hard to say. The fetus has low oxygen levels compared to the rest of us for the duration of the pregnancy. Any lab value must be put in context with what is happening.How low, for how long and with what other abnormalities provides a better predictive value. For some premi's, they try to keep it in a lower zone to help prevent eye damage caused by too high oxygen levels while the eyes are developing. Read more...

Arterial blood gases, very low oxygen levels found in m y newborn?

Transient issue. Fetal o2 generally runs low levels while they extract it from mom with the placenta but it is adequate for their needs. During the transition of labor & delivery it continues to remain low ~70 & generally will not come up to regular levels (95+) for several minutes or hours after birth.Scalp abg's @ birth document stress, but are less important than babies vigor & breathing effort @ delivery. Read more...

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...

Arterial blood gas showed my pO2 was HIGH at 103. How is this possible? I'm not on oxygen therapy or anything like that. I was breathing normally.

High PO2 level. It is important to know the rest of the blood gas test results. pH? pCO2? Bicarbonate? Your doctor can put it all in perspective for you. What was the O2 sat? If low, it might point to a methemoglobinemia, perhaps from some meds you take. Best to discuss the entire blood gas study with your provider. Normal PO2 shouldn't be above 102. . . Read more...

Can high o2 affinity hemoglobin cause arterial blood gas values of high o2?

Less O2 delivery. High o2 affinity HGB (leftward shift in o2 saturation curve) means it requires a higher partial pressure of o2 to achieve the same o2 saturation. The HGB is more tightly bound to o2 and less is delivered to the tissues. More o2 will be necessary to adequately deliver oxygen to the tissues. Read more...