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What does the nurse interpret these values as? A nurse is reviewing the ABG values and notes a pH of 7.42, a PCO2 of 55 mm Hg, and a HCO3 of 24 mEq/L.



A. Uncompensated respiratory alkalosis
B. Compensated respiratory alkalosis
C. Compensated respiratory acidosis
D. Uncompensated respiratory acidosis

This question is part of Medical Surgical Nursing: Respiratory Care
Asked by Frostanity, Last updated: Mar 26, 2020

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Answered May 02, 2018

Compensated respiratory acidosis

The pH is WNL (7.35-7.45) which suggests that compensation has occurred. The PCO2 is higher than normal limits (35-45 mm Hg) which indicates respiratory acidosis. Since HCO3 is WNL (22-26 mEq/L) alkalosis has not taken place. Remember ROME (Respiratory Opposite Metabolic Equal)
 

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