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Measure: Arterial Blood Gas (ABG)   #090200

Definition:

An arterial blood gas (ABG) test is performed using blood from an artery. The test is used to determine the pH of the blood, the partial pressure of carbon dioxide and oxygen, and the bicarbonate level. ABG testing is mainly used in critical care and pulmonary medicine, to assess oxygenation, ventilation, and acid-base status.

Purpose:

This test is used to check how well the lungs are able to move oxygen into the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. An arterial blood gas (ABG) test is conducted to evaluate for severe breathing problems and lung diseases, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This test is also used to determine the need for mechanical ventilation.

Protocols:

Keywords:

Respiratory, American Association of Respiratory Care, AARC, partial pressure of carbon dioxide, PaCO2, partial pressure of oxygen, PaO2, blood gas analysis, hemoximetry

Measure Release Date: January 29, 2010

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