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Blood gases (most often arterial) are one of the most ordered tests in the hospital setting and are used to make vitally important decisions in critically ill patients. Although blood gases are interpreted at the bedside by providers, pathologists serving as medical directors may need to address questions regarding unexpected results. This activity will review common challenges in blood gas testing that will equip the pathologist to effectively address preanalytical and analytical factors relevant to blood gases.
This clinical pathology activity is intended for pathologists.
After completing this activity, you should be able to:
- Select venous or arterial blood gases for patient diagnosis and management.
- Differentiate total serum CO2 concentration and blood gas bicarbonate (HCO3-) concentration.
- Recognize and mitigate the adverse effects of various preanalytical conditions that affect the measurement of blood gases.
William E. Winter, MD, FCAP
Clinical Pathology Improvement Program
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a
maximum of 1.25
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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This activity and evaluation are available February 20, 2023, and expire February 19, 2026, at 11:59 PM (CT). Upon completion of the activity your credit will be awarded. Your certificate may be downloaded from your Transcript.