Pediatric Care. Basic Interpretation of Metabolic Acidosis

Jones, Melissa Beaudet
October 2010
Critical Care Nurse;Oct2010, Vol. 30 Issue 5, p63
Academic Journal
The article focuses on metabolic acidosis and reviews the basic concepts of acid-base balance. It states that metabolic acidosis can occur in a variety of clinical contexts in the pediatric intensive care unit. It has two types including the normal and elevated anion gap acidosis. It mentions that calculating the anion gap is an important piece of the assessment to determine the cause of the acidosis and administration of sodium bicarbonate to avoid the consequences of severe acidosis.


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