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This course describes how to interpret arterial blood gases, identify acid-base disturbances, and determine whether compensation has occurred. It examines the factors that must be taken into consideration for a truly valid interpretation of ABG numbers, and their implications for resultant therapy.
AARC Approval #145362000
- Identify the clinical signs and symptoms of hypoxemia and hypoxia.
- Differentiate between normal and hypoxic ABG results.
- Interpret pH values as acid or alkaline.
- Identify acid base disturbances as a respiratory or metabolic problem.
- Determine if compensation has taken place.
- Describe the causes of acidosis and alkalosis.
- Explain the relationship between alveolar ventilation and PaO2 and PaCO2.
- Interpret and calculate anion gap results.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.