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Acid-Base Disorders

Acid-Base Disorders is a topic covered in the Pocket ICU Management.

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First Things First (assess and treat for the following)

  • Always attend to ABCs as first priority.
    • Is airway patent?
    • Can pt maintain his/her current work of breathing (is intubation required)?
    • Is pt hypotensive?
    • Does pt have evidence of hypoperfusion?
    • Does pt have evidence of hypovolemia, hypervolemia or diminished cardiac output?
  • Acid-base disorders commonly occur in response to underresuscitated shock states.
    • Hypotension is a late finding in shock.
    • Assess for other evidence of end-organ hypoperfusion.
  • Complex acid-base disorder calculations should be straightforward if you adopt a consistent stepwise approach (see “General Management Principles” section).

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Last updated: April 12, 2010


"Acid-Base Disorders." Pocket ICU Management, PocketMedicine.com, Inc, 2010. Anesthesia Central, anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534042/all/Acid_Base_Disorders.
Acid-Base Disorders. Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534042/all/Acid_Base_Disorders. Accessed June 15, 2019.
Acid-Base Disorders. (2010). In Pocket ICU Management. Available from https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534042/all/Acid_Base_Disorders
Acid-Base Disorders [Internet]. In: Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. [cited 2019 June 15]. Available from: https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534042/all/Acid_Base_Disorders.
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