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ABGs are done in the ICU multiple times daily. The acid/base balance within the body enables the body to perform its most basic functions; we often directly affect this balance when someone is on a ventilator or recieving exogenous bicarb.

Reading Materials:

FCCS Ch. 6 (part of it)

ABG Jujitsu (pulmcast)

Marino 3rd ed: Ch 28-30; 4th ed 31-33

Acid-Base, Fluid, Electrolytes made ridiculously simple (PRIMARY RESOURCE)

MedCram: Medical Acid Base videos 1-8

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