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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