ABG Nursing Cheat Sheet
Arterial Blood Gases ABGs Cheat Sheet
ABG is compensated or uncompensated?
When PaCO2 and HCO3 values are high but pH is acidic, then it indicates partial compensation. It means that the compensatory mechanism tried but failed to bring the pH to normal. If pH is abnormal and if the value of either PaCO2 or HCO3 is abnormal, it indicates that the system is uncompensated.