Step 3 should sound pretty familiar.
I bet you could've called this one.
You look at the bicarb and you
label it just like we did with the CO2.
But remember bicarb is a base.
So if the normal is 22 to 26 (mmol/L), those
references above the couch refer to bicarb.
So I got the 22 on the left and then
you got the alkalotic for greater than 26.
So if I don't have enough bicarb - bicarb is a base,
that means I would be acidotic if I'm lower than 22.
If I have extra bicarb running around, I'm gonna be
greater than 26 and I would label that alkalotic.
extra bicarb = extra base that
means my pH will be alkalotic.
Okay, so are you ready to try some?
A bicarb of 34 well I know that normal
is 22 to 26 so that's more than normal.
That means I have extra base
so you'd label that alkalotic.
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Bicarb of 18 is lower than normal because normal
is 22 to 26 so with less base, I would label that
Bicarb of 20
Well normal is 22 to 26, that's less
bicarb than normal so I would label that
Bicarb of 30
Well that's higher than normal because normal is
22 to 2, so that's extra bicarb so I would label that
Bicarb of 29
Normal is 22 to 26 so that means I have
excess bicarb and so I would label that
Alright, good deal.
You've got the first three
steps of the 6 under your belt.