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Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy

Arterial blood gas analysis plays an indispensable role in the assessment and management of patients with a huge range of acute medical and surgical problems. Its importance as a key tool in the work-up of acutely unwell patients rivals that of the ECG and the chest x-ray. This book covers all aspects of the arterial blood gas in a simple, user-friendly manner. The first part explains the technique, the values obtained and common patterns of abnormalities, while the second part comprises a series of worked examples and case scenarios to allow the reader to put this system into practice.

Medical Undergraduates at all stages of training, junior doctors in A&E, anaesthetics, surgery, acute medicine and respiratory medicine

Paperback, 152 Pages

Published: September 2007

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-10413-8


  • Part 1: The ABG explained

    • Introduction
    • Pulmonary gas exchange: the basics
    • Disorders of gas exchange
    • Acid base balance: the basics
    • Disorders of acid base balance
    • ABG sampling technique
    • When and why is an ABG required?
    • Common values
    • Making ABG interpretation easy

    Part 2: The ABG in Practice

    The 2nd part of the book contains a series of 25 clinical scenarios each requiring interpretation of an arterial blood gas as the end point. Each scenario comprises a 2 page spread. The first page includes information on history and examination findings, with or without other important test results. The opposing page shows the ABG result in the style of a computer print-out and list a series of questions for the reader to answer. Each scenario has a corresponding "explanation" page at the back of the book.


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