Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy

Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy

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By (author) Iain Hennessey, By (author) Alan Japp

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  • Publisher: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 182mm x 10mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 044310414X
  • ISBN 13: 9780443104145
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 79,808

Product description

Arterial blood gas analysis plays an indispensable role in the assessment and management of patients with a huge range of acute medical and surgical problems. Its importance as a key tool in the work-up of acutely unwell patients rivals that of the ECG and the chest x-ray. This book covers all aspects of the arterial blood gas in a simple, user-friendly manner. The first part explains the technique, the values obtained and common patterns of abnormalities, while the second part comprises a series of worked examples and case scenarios to allow the reader to put this system into practice.

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By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"A great book with excellent case scenarios. Easy to understand. I used this book to teach Critical Care nurses and it is quick and easy to follow.
Enjoyed by experienced and post graduate nurses."

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"This is an excellent quick read which introduces an important aspect of ICU physiology.? "Doody Enterprises, Inc. July 2008" "Arterial blood gas analysis is often perceived as one of the most difficult topics to be covered in the laboratory medicine curriculum, so many will welcome the promise contained in the title of this book, albeit with a degree of scepticism. They will not be disappointed. This excellent pocket-sized handbook, which can be read at one sitting, is an object lesson in clarity. This really is arterial blood gases made easy. The book is divided into two equal sections. The first covers basic physiology and concepts required for interpretation of blood gas results under four headings: gas exchange in the lungs, disturbance of gas exchange, normal acid-base balance, and the four classes of acid-base disturbance. This first section also covers arterial blood collection technique and includes two flow charts for interpretation of blood gas results. The success of this first section as an educative tool depends on attention to only that which is essential, economy of writing, and liberal use of artwork. This is a thoughtfully designed book, which is very pleasing to the eye and, in the best possible way, easy on the brain! The second half of the book comprises 25 case scenarios that enable readers to test their understanding of the first section. These case scenarios are purpose-written so that each exemplifies a different way in which blood gas results can be deranged in a genuine real-life clinical setting. Presentation and discussion of each is brief but like all other parts of the book, focused and highly informative. Aimed primarily at medical students, junior doctors and specialist nurses, this book assumes almost no knowledge of the topic on behalf of the reader and covers a lot of ground in a short and highly accessible read that should instil real confidence for accurate interpretation of blood gas results in most, if not all clinical circumstance. Excellent value." "acutecaretesting.org website"

Table of contents

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.