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Four-step method of interpreting arterial blood gas analysis

Four-step method of interpreting arterial blood gas analysis

Patients being cared for in general clinical areas are becoming sicker (McGloin et al, 1999) and sicker patients require more complex care and treatment (Department of Health, 2002; DoH, 2000). As a consequence the accurate and timely interpretation of test results has become an essential skill for nurses to function effectively (Muir et al, 2002). However, many nurses find acid-base balance confusing and view interpreting arterial blood gas (ABG) results as outside of the scope of ...

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