Respiratory Acid–Base Disorders in the Critical Care Unit

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The incidence of respiratory acid–base abnormalities in the critical care unit (CCU) is unknown, although respiratory alkalosis is suspected to be common in this population. Abnormal carbon dioxide tension can have many physiologic effects, and changes in PCO2 may have a significant impact on outcome. Monitoring PCO2 in CCU patients is an important aspect of critical patient assessment, and identification of respiratory acid–base abnormalities can be valuable as a diagnostic tool. Treatment of respiratory acid–base disorders is largely focused on resolution of the primary disease, although mechanical ventilation may be indicated in cases with severe respiratory acidosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-357
Number of pages7
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Blood gas
  • Brain injury
  • Oxygenation
  • Potassium
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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