Arterial blood gas analysis (ABG) is most often done for these reasons:
- To evaluate respiratory diseases and conditions
- To evaluate the effectiveness of oxygen therapy
- When your doctor suspects an acid-base imbalance due to a metabolic or renal disease
Included in the ABG are co-oximetry and electrolyte measurements; these can give a more in-depth picture of the patient’s condition to the health care team.
The Arterial Blood Gas Lab serves both inpatient units and the outpatient clinics within the hospital and is involved in research studies with many departments throughout campus. We take samples through arterial puncture, or they are delivered to our lab when the patient has an arterial catheter; all are immediately analyzed in order to maintain specimen integrity. We provide accurate results in a timely manner to facilitate proper and efficient care.