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Blood Gas, Venous

Mnemonic:    [BG Ven]
Name:    Blood Gas, Venous
Specimen:     1 mL drawn in a heparinized blood gas syringe.

Write the patient's temperature on the requisition. The temperature is needed to correct the pH.

Send to lab immediately.
Reference Range:    pH: 7.32 - 7.42
 pCO2: 41 - 51
 pO2: 25 - 40
 Total CO2: 25 - 35
 Base Excess: -5 - 5
  Method:    Ion Selective Electrode