Journal article

A pilot assessment of alpha-stat vs pH-stat arterial blood gas analysis after cardiac arrest

Glenn M Eastwood, Satoshi Suzuki, Cristina Lluch, Antoine G Schneider, Rinaldo Bellomo

Journal of Critical Care | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2015

Abstract

PURPOSE: Resuscitated cardiac arrest (CA) patients typically receive therapeutic hypothermia, but arterial blood gases (ABGs) are often assessed after adjustment to 37°C (alpha-stat) instead of actual body temperature (pH-stat). We sought to compare alpha-stat and pH-stat assessment of PaO2 and PaCO2 in such patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using ABG data obtained during the first 24 hours of intensive care unit admission, we determined the impact of measured alpha vs calculated pH-stat on PaO2 and PaCO2 on patient classification and outcomes for CA patients. RESULTS: We assessed 1013 ABGs from 120 CA patients with a median age of patients 66 years (interquartile range, 50-76). Median alpha-..

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