Interpreting ABGs (Arterial Blood Gases) Made Easy

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Enhance your clinical skills with our guide on interpreting arterial blood gases (ABGs). Master the essentials of ABG analysis for improved patient care.

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When interpreting ABG results, it is essential to know what ABG values are considered ‘normal’. From this baseline, you can then begin to recognise significant variations in a patient’s results, which could indicate clinical deterioration.


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Lynda Lampert
Lynda is a registered nurse with three years experience on a busy surgical floor in a city hospital. She graduated with an Associates degree in Nursing from Mercyhurst College Northeast in 2007 and lives in Erie, Pennsylvania in the United States. In her work, she took care of patients post operatively from open heart surgery, immediately post-operatively from gastric bypass, gastric banding surgery and post abdominal surgery. She also dealt with patient populations that experienced active chest pain, congestive heart failure, end stage renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes and a variety of other chronic, mental and surgical conditions.
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Jonathan Casas
01 Jun 2021
This article was informative and concise. It was a good review of ABG analysis.
Lai Li
26 Oct 2021
It is good to refreshed my knowledge about how to interpreter a blood gas result. I felt more confidence to share with my colleagues.
Finbar omweri
08 Sep 2021
Very important update. Well summarized and easy to under stand and remember
Kasra Qodoosi
22 Mar 2021
ABG interpretation
Nicola Teruel
18 Jan 2021
This is an excellent resource for improving knowledge and gaining new skills to be applied in the workplace.
Christine Day
06 Dec 2021
Easy to understand, practical and informative
Sally-ann Douglas
15 Apr 2022
Jo Marchesini
30 Aug 2020
This was explained in a very understandable foprmat.
Sophea Valencia
23 Jul 2021
very easy to understand and straight to the point, making it easy to learn. the inclusion of tables, pictures and case scenarios were very helpful
Teaghan Johnston
14 Feb 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed this article. It was very well written and a great refresher for all health professionals.
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