Metabolic Acidosis

18Aug

Metabolic Acdisosis is the herald of badness occurring within our patients and can be due to either endogenous or exogenous acids. What we really want is a system to use at the bedside when faced with acidosis so we can tailor our treatments based on what the patient needs.

Gareth speak with Dr Simon Ridler, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist at Chester about the approach towards solving metabolic acidosis and interpreting the blood gas like a pro. They also discuss a shortened mnemonic of LURK to help you remember the most likely causes of acidosis in in patients you are likely to encounter on the wards as a junior doctor.

L: lactate

U: unmeasured anions

R: Renal failure

K: Ketoacidosis

 

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