What Nurses Need to Know about ABG Interpretation

Liane Clores, RN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

27 Responses

  1. Hey thanks for the info nurse monkey

  2. Thanks’ good information for me

  3. Kelly Rehahn says:

    Thank you for posting this! I’m in the nursing program and we were lecturing about this today!!!! Very helpful!!!

  4. This is very interested topic,

  5. Deeqa Mahmud says:

    How about pateints with emphysema/copd?

  6. Thanks, I appreciate this

  7. Thanks, I appreciate this.

  8. Nsy Ekpo says:

    Thks 4d info,hav learnt sumtin.kep up,im pour 2b anurse.

  9. This is good info..Really helped! Appreciate it.

  10. In patients with chronic chest dses,there may b retention of carbon dioxide aswell as inadequate oxygen.pressure of carbon dioxide may rise above 13.3kpa ad this retention of carbon dioxide may lead to mental confusion.these patients have become used to having high concentrations of carbon dioxide ad their respiratory centre is now dependent on low oxygen to stimulate breathing.therefore oxygen shd be given at a low concentration by a special mask so that pressure of oxygen content does not rise exceedingly which may inturn diminish the stimulus to breath thereby retaining more carbon dioxide.

  11. Especially intubated cases. From the arterial line The staff will take the bld for ABG. The abnormalities such as pco2 or po2 will be alert by lab tecnician. Then telemetry nurse will note down & alert the Dr immediately.

  12. ABG’s are not fun, have had them done, due to having lung removed….

  13. ABGs are no fun!! Due to my pulmonary issues I have had more than my share done-at least 8-10 over the last 4 years.

  14. Lynn Mandy says:

    R.O.M.E Respiratory Opposite, Metabolic Equal. I found ABG’s to be the most interesting topic in Patho! I miss nursing school!!!!!

  15. Had such a hard time with these when I started nursing school

  16. Jewel Hanson, you were saying you were learning ABGs maybe this will
    Help

  17. Samantha Boettinger, Gloria Rodriguez……..here is another page that I love

  18. ABG Tic tac toe…its a lifesaver!

  19. Tammy St says:

    Thank you, awesome quick reference review.

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