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Blood Gas, Arterial

Mnemonic:    [BG Art]
Name:    Blood Gas, Arterial
Specimen:    1 heparinized whole blood sample in a blood gas syringe collected from an arterial site or an appropriate line port. Remove needle after collection and expel excess air with dead-cap device. Send to lab immediately.
Reference Range:    pH 7.35 - 7.45
 pCO2 35 - 48 mmHg
 pO2 83 - 108 mmHg
 Lactate 0.5 - 2.0 mMol/L
 tHb 12.0 - 18.0 G/dL
 O2Hb 92.0 - 98.5 %
 MetHb 0.0 - 1.5 %
 COHb see interpretive info in section 6
  Method:    Ion Selective Electrode
Note:    Use ice if it will be > 5 - 10 minutes for delivery.

Includes pH, pCO2, pO2, Lactate, Co-Ox parameters, ionized Calcium, Glucose, and Electrolytes.