Posted: October 9th, 2017

Arterial blood gas measurement shows a pH of 7.2

An old beggar was admitted to the emergency department due to shortness of breath, fever, and a productive cough.

Upon examination, crackles and wheezes are noted in the lower lobes; he appears to be tachycardic and has a bounding pulse.

Arterial blood gas measurement shows pH 7.2, PaCO2 66 mm Hg, HCO3 27 mmol/L, and PaO2 65 mm Hg. As a knowledgeable nurse, you know that the normal value for pH is:

A. 7.20
B. 7.30
C. 7.40
D. 7.50

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