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ABG Interpretation: Who is the Baby's Daddy?

Based on a concept I learned years ago from Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, PhD, RN


1. The Baby’s First Name

A. Look at the pH

B. If it is 7.35-7.45 (normal) then her first name is COMPENSATED or NORMAL

C. If the pH is <7.35 or >7.45, her first name is UNCOMPENSATED


2. The Baby’s Last Name

A. Look at the pH

B. If her pH is < 7.35, her last name is ACIDOSIS. If her pH is > 7.45, her last name is ALKALOSIS.

C. 7.40 is the perfect pH, so normal blood gase