FOAMed question of the day 22 #FOAMedQOTD

Explain these three Arterial blood gases taken over a 90 second period.

Initial: pH 7.4 PO2 90  PCO2 40 HCO3 24

Second: PO2 140 PCO2 46

Final:  PO2 61 PCO2 52

ABG machine




  1. Rapid sequence induction with Sux causing fasciculation and the CO2 bump
    Prolonged apnoea without oxygenation

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