Electrolyte and acid-base disorders are quite common in clinical practice. The body maintains the pH balance within a very narrow normal range, and there are various physiological buffering systems to help maintain this range. There are four major types of simple acid-base disorders: respiratory acidosis and alkalosis, and metabolic acidosis and alkalosis. These will be discussed in detail, with examples of how to correctly interpret acid-base disorders and help in the diagnosis. Dr. Aguanno will also discuss mixed acid-base disorders.
Attendees are entitled to P.A.C.E. credits from the ASCLS and/or ACCENT credits from the AACC.
James Aguanno, PhD
Senior Clinical Specialist
Disease State Management Group
Key Learning Objectives
- Recognize the indications for ordering an arterial blood gas on a patient
- Identify the four major types of acid-base disorders as well as mixed acid-base disorders
- Review the compensatory responses for acid-base disorders
- Gain insight into the ABG interpretation algorithm in determining the etiology of a variety of acid-base disorders