understanding ABG's compensation

  1. 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.
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  3. by   TeenyBabyRN
    Quote from nursing-nut
    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!
    Last edit by TeenyBabyRN on May 30, '04
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Remembering Laura Gasparis-Vonfrolio
    "What am I going to name my baby?

    The first name will always be either compensated or uncompensated

    Middle name is respiratory or metabolic

    Last name acidosis or alkalosis."

    Or like some stars just one name will do. "NORMAL"
  5. by   suzanne4
    Quote from nursing-nut
    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 you send me your e-mail address, I will forward the articles that I use with my students and they say that they are quite helpful.

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  6. by   nursing-nut
    Quote from TeenyBabyRN
    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!
    Thanks
    Some of the fog has starting to lift making more sense.
  7. by   psychomachia
    Quote from spacenurse
    Remembering Laura Gasparis-Vonfrolio
    "What am I going to name my baby?

    The first name will always be either compensated or uncompensated

    Middle name is respiratory or metabolic

    Last name acidosis or alkalosis."

    Or like some stars just one name will do. "NORMAL"
    What about "mixed" disorders???
  8. by   nurseunderwater
    I found this https://www.nursingceu.com/NCEU/cour...ase2/index.htm to be helpful while i was refreshing my license....good luck mama. It'll click
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from psychomachia
    What about "mixed" disorders???
    Uh Oh, diabetic with COPD & CHF & NG to suction.
  10. by   nursing-nut
    Quote from nurseunderwater
    I found this https://www.nursingceu.com/NCEU/cour...ase2/index.htm to be helpful while i was refreshing my license....good luck mama. It'll click

    Thanks,
    Most of the stuff second part we havn't covered yet, but thanks again for something to refer. I see there is much more to look forward to
  11. by   Judynurse09
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