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Principles and practice of blood gas measurement.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing times
Publication Date
Volume
92
Issue
46
Pages
45–47
Identifiers
PMID: 9000990
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Homeostasis in the human body is maintained by a sophisticated process of chemical balance. The disorder of this balance results in ill health. The body has its own compensatory mechanisms but intervention may also be required. Blood gas analysis is the primary means of assessing acid base balance and is frequently required in both acute and chronic illness to assess and determine treatment. This article outlines the principles involved in blood gas analysis and acid base balance.

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