Arterial Blood Gases

Overview

Definition

Arterial blood gas is a test to look for gases in the blood.

The Arteries
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Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Injury to the artery

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

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RESOURCES

American Association for Respiratory Care http://www.aarc.org 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca 

The Lung Association http://www.lung.ca 

References

Arterial blood gases. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System website. Available at: http://www.stfrancishealth.org/health-library.html?documentID=hw2343. Accessed December 31, 2014.

Blood gases. American Association for Clinical Chemistry Lab Tests Online website. Available at: http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/blood-gases/tab/glance. Updated December 29, 2014. Accessed December 31, 2014.