ARTERIAL BLOOD GAS TEST QUICKLY CONTACT
This test involves taking a small amount of blood, around 1-2 mls from an artery. This test is extremely important for several reasons.
Firstly, it tells the medical staff how well the lungs are functioning (indicates the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels).
Secondly, it will show whether or not the respiratory support the patient is receiving is sufficient.
Lastly it gives an indication of the acid-base balance in the body.
Examples of conditions where this is important could include pneumonia, poorly controlled diabetes, cardiac failure and renal failure. QUICKLY CONTACT