Easy way to remember ABG's? - page 2

Hi Is there a shorcut to remember Metabolic alkalosis & acidosis and Repirarory alkalosis & acidosis?:uhoh3: Thanks for your help Cina... Read More

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    Thanks, VickyRN...that's exactly what I was trying to say

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    I use both the tic tac toe method along with the ROME acronym and it's never failed me yet. Also, the scenario that goes along with your patient will lead you to the answer.
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    I have a test tomorrow! I've heard this rocks for Arterial Blood Gases! I'll let you know! HUGS! HEALTH! HAPPINESS!
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    I like the ROME acronym, but I think that it helps to remember which way it goes (acidosis/alkalosis) by remembering that C02 is your acid. If you can remember that, you can always figure it out.

    Also - for compensation just remember that your body is lazy. It will never do more work than it has to.
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    That tick tack toe game is really helpful....thank you vickyRN!
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    The tic-tac-toe was the only way that I could figure out ABGs. We were taught the ROME method in patho and I couldn't understand it for the life of me. For med-surg, our instructor again taught us the ROME but I came on here and found the tic-tac-toe (from VickyRN) and I had it figured out within two practice problems. Thank you VIckyRN. Anyways, I showed this to one of my classmates and it ended up helping 8 of us on our test.
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    Quote from truern
    We just went over this today in lecture, and my instructor made it SOOOOO simple.

    Draw a grid like a tic-tac-toe board. Label the columns across the top Acid, Normal, and Alkalotic. Down the left side label the rows pH, PaCO2, and HCO3. Fill in the grid....first row is <7.35, 7.35-7.45, and >7.45. Those are values for pH. Then fill in the second row with >45, 35-45, and <35. Those values are for PaCO2. The last row is <22, 22-26, and >26. Those represent HCO3. Okay, now look at your ABG lab report. Say the pH was 7.49, the PaCO2 was 48, and the bicarb was 37. Tie in those values in your grid. You should have 7.49 under alkalotic, 48 under acid, and 37 under alkalotic. Look at the pH first to see if it's acidic, normal, or alkalotic. The next value in the same column will tell you if it's respiratory or metabolic (PaCO2 reflects respiratory, and HCO3 reflects metabolic). It's as simple as which column has two values in it

    Acid Normal Alk
    _____________________________________
    pH <7.35 7.35-7.45 >7.45
    _____________________________________
    PaCO2 >45 35.45 <35
    _____________________________________
    HCO3 <22 22-26 >26

    Then you can get into whether or not it's compensated
    Hi! Where did you go to school? I wonder if you are a former student of mine? I first taught this concept right about the same time you posted and wondered if you were a former student? Perhaps my idea wasn't as original as I thought!
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    Quote from djglover
    Hi! Where did you go to school? I wonder if you are a former student of mine? I first taught this concept right about the same time you posted and wondered if you were a former student? Perhaps my idea wasn't as original as I thought!
    Well, im a foreign nursing student, but we have taught the same idea in our school, although we don't call it tic-tac-toe board, but we arranged the same as that! and that was 2007-2008, on our ABG interpretation class. That idea is spread anywhere in the world since long time ago, i guess! that's the only way to make ABG easy for me also.
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    I saved this info and will definately use the tic-tac-toe and the ROME acronym!! Thanks!!
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    this is a older thread. there is updated information on post #43 of the sticky thread: http://allnurses.com/nursing-student...gy-145201.html - pathophysiology/ a & p/ microbiology/ fluid & electrolyte resources. it includes weblinks to understanding and interpreting abgs tutorials/information/interpretation and how to draw abgs


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