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Pathophysiology Exam 3
Respiratory Acidosis Assessment
Decreased pH < 7.35
Increased PaCO2 > 45
Change in LOC
Respiratory Acidosis Interventions
Respiratory Alkalosis Assessment
Increased pH > 7.45
Decreased PaCO2 < 35 mmHg
Tingling Lips or Fingers
Respiratory Alkalosis Interventions
Treat Underlying Cause
Mechanically Ventilated Patients
Decrease Tidal Volume and/or Respiratory Rate
Give Adequate Pain Control and Sedation
Rebreathing into Paper Bag
Compensatory Drop in Serum Bicarbonate
Correct CO2 Slowly
Hypoxia (Early Symptoms)
Dyspnea on Exertion
Decreased Urine Output
Hypoxia (Late Symptoms)
Cool, Clammy Skin
Use of Accessory Muscles
Air Enters Pleural Space
Absent or Restricted Movement on Affected Side
Decreased or Absent Breath Sounds on Affected Side
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