F & E

  1. Can anyone help me understand Acid based imbalances, ABG,s Paco2 etc... Basically anything to do with Fluid and Electrolytes. I am a second semester nursing student and F&E is way over my head. Does this mean I am doomed to failure????
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  3. by   jamonit
    i suggest looking at emedicine or medline. look up blood gases, metabolic acidosis, metabolic alkalosis, respiratory alkalosis, respiratory acidosis.

    know what happens when a person has fluid volume overload--dilute hematocrit, hypokalemia, hyponatremia--like how it effects electrolytes. memorize normal fluid and electrolyte levels.

    i always google things when i don't know them....look for a university site or something that isn't written for laymen.
  4. by   Daytonite
    there are a number of links to good fluid and electrolyte information on this sticky thread on the nursing student assistance forum:

    here are some other abgs weblinks:

    http://maagnursing.com/abg/ - this is an abg and acid/base balance tutorial. you do not have to register to go through the tutorial.

    http://realnurseed.com/abg.htm - "abg's: it's all in the family"

    http://www2.norwich.edu/mwalker/nr312/abg.htm - "interpretation of abgs: the battle of bicarb vs. carbon dioxide

    http://www.the-abg-site.com/ - "the abg site". six easy steps to accurately interpret arterial blood gasses from ed4nurses.

    http://web.indstate.edu/mary/abgdemo.html - an abg and abg analysis tutorial by a nursing instructor at indiana state university. http://www-isu.indstate.edu/mary/abgpract.htm - this is a quiz to test what you learned (includes answers).

    http://www.rnceus.com/course_frame.a...directory=abgs - "interpretation of abgs: a four step method". from rnceus.com. discusses the authors four step method for interpreting abg values along with patient case studies and examples.

    http://www.madsci.com/manu/indexgas.htm - blood gas basics from mad scientist software

    http://instructors.butlercc.edu/nr20...abgs/abgs.html - abg tutorial from butler community college nursing program. includes questions and case scenarios. not sure if all answers to questions are on the site.

    http://www.nurse-center.com/studentnurse/abgs.html - this is an abg review. it has 20 sets of abgs for you to interpret. the answers are at the bottom of the page.