Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy

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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.
  • A practical guide written for all those using this test and interpreting the results.
  • Utilises worked examples to allow the reader to gain confidence in interpreting ABGs and appreciate the usefulness of the test in a variety of different clinical settings.
  • Written in a simple style and presenting the concepts in a straightforward manner.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a pocket manual describing acid-base and respiratory management as guided by the arterial blood gas.
Purpose: Key concepts of arterial blood gas analysis are provided in a pocket-sized format.
Audience: Junior house officers and medical students are an appropriate audience for this work emanating from the Royal United Hospital and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.
Features: The manual is divided into two parts, with the initial part describing pulmonary gas exchange, patterns of gas exchange disorders, and irregularities of acid-base balance. An evaluation system for gas exchange and acid-base disorders is then presented. The second part includes 25 cases in which the reader is asked to identify the acid-base abnormality and the pattern of gas exchange irregularity. Detailed answers with basic calculations of gas exchange and acid-base parameters are provided. This concise presentation makes excellent use of color tables and line drawings to illustrate key points. An occasional chest x-ray is used. I was disappointed at the absence of primary or secondary references. The table of contents easily presents the flow of presentation while the concluding brief subject index makes special mention of material included in the question and answer section.
Assessment: This is an excellent quick read which introduces an important aspect of ICU physiology. Detailed physiologic relationships are not described. Instead, an introduction using clinical cues and a simple pattern of data analysis is emphasized.
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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." website

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443104145
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/21/2007
  • Series: Made Easy Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,029,396
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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.

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