Interpreting Arterial Blood Gases the Easy Way
The booklet is divided into two parts. Part I teaches students to differentiate between acidic and alkaline states, identify respiratory or metabolic changes in blood gases, and recognize compensated, partially compensated, and uncompensated states. In Part II students apply what they have learned in order to recognize signs and symptoms of abnormal blood gases, identify appropriate interventions, and understand the meaning and significance of specific oxygenation levels.
Clear and well-organized, the material features quizzes for self-evaluation, critical thinking questions, and tips that may assist with the National Council Licensure Examination. Knowledge of basic physiology and acid-base balance is recommended before using the booklet, but the information is also reviewed. Interpreting Arterial Blood Gases the Easy Way is an excellent choice for nursing programs. It can also be used in training respiratory therapists and emergency medical technicians.