Venous and arterial blood gases in respiratory failure
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Venous and arterial blood gases in respiratory failure

Rob Fenwick Trainee advanced clinical practitioner, emergency department, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham

How to choose the most appropriate test for patients undergoing respiratory failure: a case-based critical reflection

Arterial and venous blood gases are commonly performed operations in emergency departments. This case-based critical reflection examines the contemporary literature relating to the topic. An evidence-based approach to selecting the most appropriate test for each patient is discussed, aiming to minimise the need for unnecessary arterial sampling.

Emergency Nurse. 24, 3, 26-28. doi: 10.7748/en.24.3.26.s27

Correspondence

robfenwickrn@googlemail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 April 2016

Accepted: 29 April 2016