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Knowing Your ABGs
The Blood Gas Report

RT60100 l 4.00 contact hrs
by Susan Manifold, MS, RN, NP and Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP
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This course is being updated and will be posted as a new course in 2014. This version of this course will be discontinued on January 12, 2014. Please plan to complete the course before that day if you wish to earn continuing education credit.
The purpose of this course is to provide respiratory therapists (RTs) with information about blood gas interpretation so that they will interpret and manage blood gas imbalances effectively. After studying the information presented here, 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 ABG 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.

Approval Information
This CE course is approved for respiratory therapists from 1/12/2012 to 1/12/2014.
This program has been approved for 4 contact hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).

This course will be updated or discontinued on or before 1/12/2014

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.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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