The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare providers with an overview of arterial blood gas interpretation, and acidosis and alkalosis conditions.
Continuing Education Credit Designation
This educational activity is credited for 3 contact hours at completion of the activity.
Arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis is a commonly used diagnostic tool to evaluate the partial pressure of gas in blood and acid-base content. It is especially important for critically ill patients and helps interpret respiratory, circulatory, and metabolic disorders. This course will discuss the step-by-step approach of ABG interpretation for nurses and other healthcare providers.
By the end of this learning activity, the learner will be able to:
- Review normal values for arterial blood gas interpretation.
- Describe indications and contraindications for obtaining an arterial blood gas.
- Identify causes of acidosis and alkalosis.
- Recognize the differences between metabolic acidosis, metabolic alkalosis, respiratory acidosis, and respiratory alkalosis.
- Interpret an arterial blood gas through worked example.
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