A structured approach to acid‐base interpretation

KJ Farley and Elisa Licari
Med J Aust 2019; 211 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50344
Published online: 7 October 2019

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.

  • 1 Western Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC


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