I'm having trouble understanding what effects acidemia and alkalemia have on the body that LEADS TO death.
I have scoured the internet to no avail. I was told by my preceptor that both acidemia and alkalemia affects the conduction of the electrical stimulation of the body and they can impact the cellular extraction of oxygen off heme molecules.
Is this true?
So is it that the worse the pH gets one way or the other than the pt is more prone to arrhythmias and hypoxia?
Is there a difference in effects leading to death from alkalemia versus acidemia, or are the effects the same that cause death of these things?
Thanks sooooo much for all your help fellow nurses, as I am confused:
Sep 8, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
The body is a delicate balance systems extremes can cause death. The extremes cause system failure. Acidosis is more quickly fatal that alkalosis. Both will cause electrical failure of the cardiac system and respiratory failure as well as cell death at the molecular level.
I am not sure what you are looking for about the difference in effects leading to death. What are you looking for?
Last edit by Esme12 on Sep 9, '12