ABG's

  1. OK all of you experienced RN's out there. I need help I have been in ICU for about 18 months and I still have a tough time trying to figure out ABG's. I know how to tell when it is acidosis and when it is alkalosis. The trouble I am having is knowing what to do with that info when calling the doc. Most ICU RN's I work with could tell you immediatly what needs to be done before they call the doc. I look at them and have not a clue. I want to be at the point where I can look at gases and say this is what we need to do.
    Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Send me your e-mail address and I will forward the articles that I use for my students to you..............
  4. by   purplemania
    There is a book called ABG's Made Incredibly Easy that might be helpful.
  5. by   Brownms46
  6. by   gwenith
    OOOOOh Brownie - lovely juicy websites!!! (rubs hands with glee) Can we add them to the sticky in the ICU forum???
  7. by   Brownms46
    Quote from gwenith
    OOOOOh Brownie - lovely juicy websites!!! (rubs hands with glee) Can we add them to the sticky in the ICU forum???
    You a nut...but a good one:chuckle! Of course...I have a bunch of these....anything else you might be looking to add??
  8. by   tsgarman
    THANKS EVERYONE!!!! I now have some reading to do. Just skimming through those sites they look like they will be very helpful.
  9. by   ChrisA
    Good sites! Thanks. Not even a proper nursing student yet and I think I start to get it.
  10. by   Havin' A Party!
    Thanks, Brownie!
  11. by   Brownms46
    You are all very welcome

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