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Knowing Your ABGs - CME60100
Knowing Your ABGs
The Blood Gas Report

CME60100 l 5.00 contact hrs
by Cheryl Mattas, RN, MS, CNS, CCRN and Laura Worthington-Toledo, RN, MSN, FNP and Susan Manifold, MS, RN, NP and Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, CPE, DABPN (CME Contributor/Reviewer)
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This course will be discontinued July 31, 2014. Please plan to complete the test by the end of July 30th if you wish to earn contact hours for it.

The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with information about blood gas interpretation so that they will interpret and manage blood gas imbalances effectively. After completing this home study course, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between an acid and a base.
  • Identify two buffering systems within the body.
  • Define the basic components of a blood gas report.
  • List the normal blood gas parameters.
  • Discuss four common clinical problems that lead to respiratory imbalances.
  • Discuss four common clinical problems that lead to metabolic imbalances.
  • Explain the significance of left and right shifts on the dissociation curve.
  • Identify four mechanisms of hypoxemia and how they are documented on blood gas analysis.

Educational Gap: Health professionals are not able to identify and evaluate ABG results.

This course was reviewed and approved by Scott H. Plantz, MD, FAAEM, representing the University of Louisville School of Medicine Continuing Health Sciences Education.

This course will be updated or discontinued on or before 9/6/2015

OnCourse Learning is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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