Blood Gas Sampling

  • Joseph Crocetti
  • Montserrat Diaz-Abad
  • Samuel L. Krachman


After studying this chapter, you should be able to: Know the indications for obtaining an arterial blood gas. Understand the techniques used to measure an arterial blood gas. Have an understanding of the acid.base status and buffering system of the body. Identify sources of error in arterial blood gas measurements. Know how to identify the presence of a simple and mixed acid.base disorder. Know the causes of a simple acid.base disorder. Understand the measurements of arterial oxygenation. Know the components that can affect mixed venous oxygenation.


Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Renal Tubular Acidosis Metabolic Alkalosis Respiratory Acidosis Alveolar Ventilation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Crocetti
    • 1
  • Montserrat Diaz-Abad
    • 2
  • Samuel L. Krachman
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary and Critical CareAbington Memorial HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pulmonary and Critical CareUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineTemple University School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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