Acid-Base Balance Compensations
“Describe possible compensations for respiratory acidosis, respiratory alkalosis, metabolic acidosis, and metabolic alkalosis.”
A laboratory printout of your patient’s arterial blood gases indicates that your patient has an increased PCO2, decreased pH, and normal bicarbonate ion concentration.
The Questions for you to answer and discuss are:
Is your patient in acidosis or alkalosis? Explain
Is the pH disturbance respiratory or metabolic in nature? Explain your reasoning.
How long do you think your patient has had this pH disturbance? Explain A/ Reply the discussion of Joe Morgen above