Acid Base Balance / Blood Gas Testing - Lesson 1
Chemistry Course Overview Objectives Assessment

Arterial blood gases and pH provide vital information about the health status of patients. You are required to complete the reading assignment in the textbook prior to beginning this lesson. You also need to have available a calculator that performs log functions. The purpose of this lesson is to enable you to learn about performing arterial blood gases. This includes:

  • specimen collection, handling and transport issues
  • validation of instrument function and daily and periodic quality control analysis
  • instrument calibration
  • specimen analysis
  • evaluating patient results
  • communicating these results
  • evaluating quality assurance