Effects of Temperature Correction on Arterial Blood Gas Values in a Combat Relevant Model of Lung Injury Treated with Therapeutic Hypothermia: Implications for Prolonged Field Care
AIR FORCE MEDICAL WING (59TH) LACKLAND AFB TX LACKLAND United States
Pagination or Media Count:
We hypothesized that point-of-care blood gas analysis of hypothermic patients provides a systematic under estimation of values for pO2 andpCO2 compared to reference temperature. Therapeutic hypothermia may be beneficial in preventing reperfusion related damage after trauma. Blood gas analysis is crucial for the monitoring of patients after lung injury. Standard arterial blood gas analysis involves heating of arterial blood to a reference physiological temperature of 37C.Algorithms in blood gas analyzers can mathematically calculate the patients blood gas at actual body temperature from the standard 37C temperature blood gas value.
- Anatomy and Physiology