Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy

Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy

By Iain Hennessey, MBChB(Hons), BSc(Hons), MRCS, Senior House Officer, Neonatal Intensive Care, Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK; and Alan Japp, MBChB(Hons), BSc(Hons), MRCP, Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Cardiovascular Research, University of Edinburgh, UK

Part 1: The ABG explained

? Introduction
? Pulmonary gas exchange: the basics
? Disorders of gas exchange
? Acid base balance: the basics
? Disorders of acid base balance
? ABG sampling technique
? When and why is an ABG required?
? Common values
? Making ABG interpretation easy

Part 2: The ABG in Practice

The 2nd part of the book contains a series of 25 clinical scenarios each requiring interpretation of an arterial blood gas as the end point. Each scenario comprises a 2 page spread. The first page includes information on history and examination findings, with or without other important test results. The opposing page shows the ABG result in the style of a computer print-out and list a series of questions for the reader to answer. Each scenario has a corresponding "explanation" page at the back of the book.