Nurses may have difficulty interpreting arterial blood gases (ABGs). The confusion begins when trying to remember random rules and a standardized approach to interpretation. In addition, nurses may attempt to analyze too many components of the ABG at the same time. The result is confusion and an incorrect diagnosis.
Therefore, the “6 Easy Steps to ABG Analysis” were developed to provide nurses with an accurate and systematic method of easily interpreting arterial blood gases.
The 6 Easy Steps to ABG Analysis:
- Is the pH normal?
- Is the O2 normal?
- Is the CO3 normal?
- Match the CO2 or the HCO3 with the pH
- Does the CO2 or the HCO3 go the opposite direction of the pH?
- Are the pO2 and the O2 saturation normal?
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