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Is it necessary to transport arterial blood samples on ice for pH and gas analysis?

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian Anaesthetists Society journal / Journal de la Société canadienne des anesthésistes
0008-2856
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
5
Pages
568–571
Identifiers
PMID: 6498572
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We evaluated whether arterial blood samples for pH and blood gas analysis need to be transported on ice. We found that although the changes in pH, pCO2 and pO2 were greater in samples kept at room temperature versus those kept on ice, the difference was probably not of clinical significance until the period of time after arterial puncture exceeded 20 minutes. We recommend that arterial blood samples do not need to be kept on ice if the analysis for pH and gases is performed within 20 minutes of blood being drawn.

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