About the course

An arterial blood gas (ABG) test measures the acidity (pH) and the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood from an artery. Interpreting an ABG is a crucial skill for health care personnel. ABG interpretation has a significant role in managing critically ill patients.

ABG analysis is an essential part of diagnosing and managing a patient’s oxygenation status and acid–base balance. The usefulness of this diagnostic tool is dependent on being able to correctly interpret the results.

This course will help the learners to understand the definition, indications and contraindications of ABG analysis, concept of pH, base excess, and types of acid-base imbalances, Allen's test, and techniques of ABG sampling.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the anatomy and physiology of blood vessels.
  • List the indications and contraindications of ABG analysis.
  • Know the concept of pH.
  • Understand base excess.
  • Explain the compensation of ABG analysis.
  • Explain respiratory acidosis and respiratory alkalosis.
  • Discuss metabolic acidosis and metabolic alkalosis.
  • Understand the Allen's test.
  • Describe the puncture procedure.
  • List the complications and limitations associated with ABG procedure.
  • CPD Hours 

    Duration

    4 Hours (Self-Paced)

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Arterial Blood Gas [ABG] Analysis

    • Student Handbook

  • 2

    Topic 01: Intoduction to ABG Analysis

    • Introduction to ABG Analysis_Part 01

    • Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation

    • Introduction to ABG Analysis_Part 02

  • 3

    Topic 02: Types of Acid-Base Imbalance

    • Types of Acid-Base Imbalance_Part 01

    • Watch the video of Respiratory Acidosis

    • Types of Acid-Base Imbalance_Part 02

  • 4

    Topic 03: ABG Sampling Technique

    • ABG Sampling Technique_Part 01

    • Watch the video of Allen Test

    • ABG Sampling Technique_Part 02

    • Watch the video of Obtaining an arterial blood sample

    • ABG Sampling Technique_Part 03

    • Watch the video of Arterial line sampling

    • ABG Sampling Technique_Part 04

  • 5

    Arterial Blood Gas Analysis (ABG) Journal Articles

    • Interpreting Arterial Blood Gases

    • The ABCs of ABGs

    • Arterial Blood Gases Performing Arterial Puncture in

  • 6

    Arterial Blood Gas [ABG] Analysis Assessment

    • Test

  • 7

    How did we do?

    • How did we do?