Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780702061905, 9780702061929

Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy

2nd Edition

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Authors: Iain Hennessey Alan Japp
eBook ISBN: 9780702061929
Paperback ISBN: 9780702061912
Paperback ISBN: 9780702061905
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 27th April 2015
Page Count: 176

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Table of Contents

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 ABG values
  • Making ABG interpretation easy.

Part 2: The ABG in Practice

The second part of the book contains a series of 30 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’ at the back of the book.


Arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis is a fundamental skill in modern medicine yet one which many find difficult to grasp. This book provides readers with the core background knowledge required to understand the ABG, explains how it is used in clinical practice and provides a unique system for interpreting results. Over half of the book is devoted to thirty clinical case scenarios involving analysis of arterial blood gases, allowing the reader to gain both proficiency in interpretation and an appreciation of the role of an ABG in guiding clinical diagnosis and management.

Key Features

  • A practical guide written for all those who use this test and have to interpret the results.
  • Utilises worked examples to allow the reader to gain confidence in interpreting ABGs and appreciate the usefulness of the test in a variety of different clinical settings.
  • Written in a simple style and presents the concepts in a straightforward manner.


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About the Authors

Iain Hennessey

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Innovation, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, UK.

Alan Japp

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK