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Respiratory Care > RC
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This module provides knowledge in the proper steps to perform an arterial blood gas test and how to interpret the results.

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Arterial blood gas tests are used to test the function of the lungs to move oxygen into the lungs and remove carbon dioxide. This process is accomplished by obtaining a blood sample from an artery and measuring the oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH levels. This module provides knowledge in the proper steps to perform an arterial blood gas test and how to interpret the results. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator will test your ability to perform an arterial blood gas test. Practice the steps of the procedure as often as you want until you are confident.

You’ll learn

  • pre-procedure considerations
  • indications for arterial blood gas sampling
  • how to demonstrate the procedure for interpreting an Allen test
  • how to perform a blood gas procedure
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Introduction
Step 1 - Module introduction and expectations
Step 2 - Preparation
Step 2.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 2.2 - Patient preparation
Step 2.3 - Medical professional preparation
Step 3 - Perform arterial blood sampling
Step 3.1 - Radial artery
Step 4 - Transport arterial blood sample
Step 5 - Document the procedure
Step 6 - Interpret arterial blood sample results
Step 6.1 - Document the pH balance
Step 6.2 - Analyze the respiratory mechanism
Step 6.3 - Analyze the metabolic mechanism
Step 6.4 - Interpretation
  • Describe the pre-procedure considerations for arterial blood gas sampling.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to examine the status of a pulse before commencing a blood gas procedure.
  • Apply interpretation protocols to arterial blood gas sampling.
  • Identify and understand when and how to interpret an Allen's test.
  • Describe and demonstrate the procedure for interpreting an Allen's test:
    • positioning of the patient
    • cleansing of the puncture site
    • the angle of needle entry
    • the depth of needle insertion
    • collection of the sample
    • removal of the needle and application of pressure at the puncture site
    • placement of the sample in ice
  • Understand and apply Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain thePatient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

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