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Hi My name is nursing-nut,
I am going into my 3rd year in nursing I have med-surg in the fall. I having some trouble clearly understanding ABG's compensation, Although the value are understood, do any one have any hints on clearly understanding compensation.
if the pH is normal in the presence of abnormal pO2/pCO2 - compensated
(the body has compensated
for the abnormality and is able to maintain a normal pH)
if the pH is abnormal in the presence of abnormal pO2/pCO2 - uncompensated
(the body's defense mechanisms are no longer adequate to compensate, allowing the pH to move to an acidotic or an alkalotic state)
ex. pH 7.4, pCO2 60 = compensated respiratory acidosis
vs. pH 7.2, pCO2 60 = uncompensated respiratory acidosis
hope that helps ya!