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Why is measuring a patient's PH levels important?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Respiratory Therapists interview

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Draw from what you have learned in your experience and education. If a patient is more acidic, how does that affect the oxygen going to the brain? What do you know about Respiratory Acidosis and acid-base balance? Be sure to familiarize yourself with terms like these before the interview.

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Why is measuring a patient's PH levels important?
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Acid base status of blood.
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Have a ph level that is not in sync can have multiple heart issues as well as respiratory issues.
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To be able to tell how to treat the patient, if there pH is not 7.35 to 7.45 they could.
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To check their acid base levels and to see if they are in metabolic acidoses or alkalosis and Respiratory acidosis or alkalosis.
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It tells us is the patient acidosis or alkalosis.
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Gives you the balance of the patients body and helpful with diagnosing respiratory problems.
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Because it measures the acidity level in theyre blood.
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It gives us an idea of a patients breathing and metabolic state.
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PH determines how acidic or basic the blood is. If the pH is below 7.25 the patent has to be intubated. If it's too high it may cause alkalosis. acidosis or alkalosis could be harmful to the body and could cause other complications.
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To know the level of oxygenation.
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It's important to measure patients' PH because you can see if his system is in balance and if not- you can pay more details as to what are the other values of his blood work, look into other lab tests, xrays, ct scans to determine this patients' problem.
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PH effects everything when it falls away from the 7.35 -7.45 range, our bodies can not function properly and oxygenation is compromised. Measuring the pH of a patients blood along with PaCO2, PaO2 and Bicarb we can tell if the patient is having a respiratory problem or metabolic problem and then treat them accordingly.
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Determine the patient acid and base balance.
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To know if they are acidotic/ alkilotic. So we can treat if its a lung issue or heart issue.
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So that you can determine how well the patient is ventilating.
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Helps determine whether you have a respiratory or metabolic issue.
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Because you have to figure out if the patient is acidotic or alklotic.
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It shows whether a patient is acidic or alkalotic or normal to show how the lungs are performing and to see what further testing is required for the patient.
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To determine if the patient is in an acute or chronic type situtation.
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PH shows the chemical balance of your body. If a patient is too acidotic or alkalotic we must intervene and get the patient back into homeostasis.
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Tells you patients acid base balance.
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In order to understand whether the patient is ventilating well or needs support.
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It shows if they are in an alkaloid or acidic state.
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It measures the acidity level in your blood.
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To determine their breathing needs.
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To monitor the status of the patient and determine the course of treatment.
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It is so important on which I can measure the flow of oxygen.
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To determine how well a patient is ventillating.
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It is important to know what the alkalotic/acidotic balance is, in order to assess lung function and what further testing is required.
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To evaluate their respiratory and metabolic status. In regards to respiratory it tells you whether the patient is hyperventilating or hypoventilating. In regards to metabolic it tells you how well their kidney is functioning in relation to their lungs.
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To understand the relationship between the kidneys and the lungs.
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To make sure the patient is not too acidotic or alkalotic.
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PH shows if the body is balanced correctly. So if the patient is acidotic/alkalotic we must intervene to bring the patient back to homeostatsis.
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It can give a snap shot at the patients pulmonary condition and what steps if any are needed to correct any problems.
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Measuring the pH helps us see if a patient is alkalatic or acididotic are the ventilating.
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To determine where they r at physically and what I need to do to help.
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It tells us if pathology is acute or chronic if it is respiratory related or metabolic.
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Because we want to make sure the patients have a acid base balance.
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It allows to determine if the patient is ventilation well.
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Because you want a balance between acid and base. To determine if the body is too acidic or base.
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To determine the importance of their immune system.
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Measuring a Patient's PH is important cause ph balance is critical to life to maintain homeostasis.
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The ph of a patients ll indicated a normal ventilation and oxygenation..
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The ph tells what therapy interventions are needed. If the pco2 is high, cpap can be used to help rid the lungs of co2. if the oxygenation ia low, additional oxygen can be given to increased the o2 in the blood.
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PH corelates to PCO2 and HCO3 and helps determine respiratory need.
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PH gauges how well the patient is ventilating. If it is low, CO2 is high, and organs are not adequately oxygenated.
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For oxygenation. To see if the have proper oxygenation.
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So we know how to treat our patients.
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It is important to monitor the patients Respiratory and Metabolic state to make sure the patient is not in distress or in need of advanced interventions.
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It can tell if a patient is in respiratory failure.
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It tells us weather the patient is alkaline or acidosis.
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In order to tell the acid base balance of the patients blood.
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Needs to stay between 7.35 and 7.45 or else other organ systems will fail.
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Very important to make sure the body is balanced. The electrolytes.
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This will tell me if a patient is compensated or not compensated and can be an indication for intubation.
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Because PH is an indicator of how a patient is ventilating, it tells if their body is compensating or not.
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It can show how the patient is doing overall. If the pH is getting to acidic or metabolic you can see how you might be able to correct it.
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It tells you a lot about the patients vital signs.
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It can establish the severity of the illness.
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PH can determine the patients condition and how to treat it.
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To identify where the source of the problem is - lung, heart, kidney.
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Any deviation in a persons PH can be dangerous. Either too acidic or alkalotic, it can really upset other body systems in the process. By measuring the PH you are able to find what the body is doing, whats causing the abnormality and how to fix it. Whether the patient is working too hard to maintain a normal PH or of there is some kind of compensation going on, as a respiratory therapist we are capable of finding the issue, and introducing some kind of therapy to help normalize it. By doing so, we can help the patient by releasing some of the stress that was causing the offset in homeostasis,
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To know the state of the patient, whether they are heading towards more agressive levels or lethargic levels.
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To see if there acidotic or alkalotic.
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It defines the bodys compenasation to either respiratory or metablic problems. It is an important factor in determining the appropriate action or solution that is needed by the patient along with other values.
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Co2 levels to know if oxygen is needed.
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Becuase you have to.
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The ph demonstrates if the patient is alkalotic or acidic.
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It tells the overall balance of the patient's system. If it is high or low the body can not function properly and has to react in anyway to attempt normalcy. The body can not survive or will be in turmoil if it is too acidic or alkalotic.
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It will help me assess his lung function and determine if the patient needs further diagnostic testing.
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To monitor the status of the body whether it me acidotic or alkalotic, it provides a base to make changes to the patients treatment.
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To see acid base disorder.

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