Blood Gases — Arterial and Venous

  • G. M. Woerlee
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 18)


Prior to commencing any discussion of the way in which anaesthesia and surgery can affect pulmonary function it is of value to first discuss the physicochemical basis of oxygen transport. The transport and exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide causes changes in blood, and acid-base status and blood gas values are a reflection of these changes. Normal values of these parameters for arterial and venous blood are shown in table 4.1.1.


Partial Pressure Oxygen Transport Base Excess Negative Logarithm Percentage Saturation 
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  1. 1.
    Gabel,R A.,(1980), Algorithms for calculating and correcting blood-gas and acid-base variables. RESPIRATION PHYSIOLOGY, 42, 211–232.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Woerlee
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  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaUniversity Hospital of LeidenThe Netherlands

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