How do you explain what an ABG is to families?

  1. 0 I am usually pretty good at teaching families and explaining things (I think), but this one is tricky for me. How do you explain what an ABG is for to families with no medical knowledge?
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    An ABG measures several things in the blood, oxygen (what you inhale), carbon dioxide (what you exhale), and how much acid is in the blood. All these things help us determine corrective measures to make with medications, ventilator settings and oxygen for our patient.
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    I like that, thanks.
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    Just hope they don't think I mean acid like the drug....I had a family ask me once if the humidifier bubbler on the oxygen was for making meth....oh dear!
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    Quote from marycarney
    An ABG measures several things in the blood, oxygen (what you inhale), carbon dioxide (what you exhale), and how much acid is in the blood. All these things help us determine corrective measures to make with medications, ventilator settings and oxygen for our patient.
    Exactly.
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    Quote from marycarney
    An ABG measures several things in the blood, oxygen (what you inhale), carbon dioxide (what you exhale), and how much acid is in the blood. All these things help us determine corrective measures to make with medications, ventilator settings and oxygen for our patient.
    Perfect...!

    OP if you are concerned about the "acid" thing then say.......and acid/base balance in the blood/body.
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    Quote from Esme12
    and acid/base balance
    Freebase?
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