Understanding how to identify acid‐base disorders is essential, as their consequences can be life‐threatening
Disorders affecting acid‐base status are common, with a variety of pathophysiological causes and consequences that range from minor disturbances to life‐threatening disorders. A thorough understanding of how to identify acid‐base disorders (by history, examination and targeted investigations including blood gas) is essential. Through a series of clinical vignettes, this article illustrates the value of a structured approach to acid‐base assessment.
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