Venous and arterial blood gases in respiratory failure
Intended for healthcare professionals
Art & Science Previous     Next

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


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

Your organisation does not have access to this article
Recommend to your librarian
Already have access? Log in


3-month trial offer for �5.25/month

Subscribe today and save 50% on your first three months
RCNi Plus users have full access to the following benefits:
  • Unlimited access to all 10 RCNi Journals
  • RCNi Learning featuring over 175 modules to easily earn CPD time
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Revalidation Portfolio to stay on track with your progress
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests
  • A customisable dashboard with over 200 topics

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now

Are you a student? Our student subscription has content especially for you.
Find out more