Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this lesson, the learner will be able to:

  • List the indications for obtaining and analyzing arterial blood
  • List the hazards associated with arterial puncture
  • Describe the procedure for obtaining blood from an artery
  • Discuss the reasons why the radial artery is preferred
  • Describe the Allen test
  • List possible sources of error when obtaining and analyzing arterial blood
  • List the values typically measured by a standard blood gas analyzer
  • List the values typically measure by a co-oximeter
  • Describe the various quality control measures used to assure the accuracy of blood gas values, including Levey-Jennings data

Using This Presentation

Use the table of contents to navigate to each lesson.

Authored by William A. French. Medically reviewed by Dr. Barbara Erickson, PhD, RN, CCRN.

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