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Back to Basics: Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Interpretation

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1.  The first rule of interpreting ABG is?
  1. Determine pH
  2. Determine CO2
  3. Determine O2
  4. None of the above
2.  What is the normal range for pH level?
  1. 7.20-7.40
  2. 7.25-7.45
  3. 7.15-7.30
  4. 7.35-7.45
3.  When the pH is greater than 7.45, then it is considered to be?
  1. Normal
  2. Acid
  3. Alkaline (base)
  4. All of the above
4.  What components are needed to interpret an arterial blood gas?
  1. HCO3
  2. PCO2
  3. pH
  4. All of the above
5.  What is compensation?
  1. Occurs when your body attempts to normalize the pH by either using your respiratory or metabolic system to help
  2. Does not occur naturally
  3. Occurs when your body has excess CO2 in the body
  4. Occurs when your body has excess acid in the body