Acid—Base Disorders

  • Philip M. Alapat
  • Janice L. Zimmerman


Acid–base disorders present some of the most challenging problems in the care of critically ill patients. They alter physiologic function and contribute to morbidity and mortality. Proper management of these disorders is not possible without the understanding of blood gas interpretation and basic acid–base balance physiology.


Metabolic Acidosis Metabolic Alkalosis Respiratory Acidosis Respiratory Alkalosis Distal Renal Tubular Acidosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip M. Alapat
    • 1
  • Janice L. Zimmerman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Baylor College of MedicineBen Taub General HospitalHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Weill Cornell Medical College, Head, Critical Care Division, Department of Medicine, Director of MICUThe Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA

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