ABG's (corrected)

*I made a terrible mistake on my previous post:  instead of “HCO3” values, I put in “PO2” values. So, if you reblogged the error, please remove. Here is the corrected version.*

Respiratory acidosis:  PCO2 > 45; kidneys conserve HCO3 and eliminate H+ to increase pH

Respiratory alkalosis:  PCO2 < 35; kidneys eliminate HCO3 and conserve H+ to decrease pH

Metabolic acidosis:  HCO3 < 22; hyperventilation occurs to “blow off” excess CO2 (acid) in order to increase pH

Metabolic alkalosis:  HCO3 > 26; hypoventilation occurs to “hold on” to CO2 (acid) in order to decrease pH