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Why is measuring a patient's PH levels important?
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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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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 see acid base disorder.
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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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Tells you patients acid base balance.
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Needs to stay between 7.35 and 7.45 or else other organ systems will fail.
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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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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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Gives you the balance of the patients body and helpful with diagnosing respiratory problems.
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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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Because PH is an indicator of how a patient is ventilating, it tells if their body is compensating or not.
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In order to understand whether the patient is ventilating well or needs support.
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To identify where the source of the problem is - lung, heart, kidney.
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In order to tell the acid base balance of the patients blood.
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To determine where they r at physically and what I need to do to help.
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Because we want to make sure the patients have a acid base balance.
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For oxygenation. To see if the have proper oxygenation.
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It gives us an idea of a patients breathing and metabolic state.
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It allows to determine if the patient is ventilation well.
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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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It tells you a lot about the patients vital signs.
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Helps determine whether you have a respiratory or metabolic issue.
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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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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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Because you want a balance between acid and base. To determine if the body is too acidic or base.
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Because you have to figure out if the patient is acidotic or alklotic.
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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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PH corelates to PCO2 and HCO3 and helps determine respiratory need.
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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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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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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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To determine how well a patient is ventillating.
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So that you can determine how well the patient is ventilating.
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It tells us if pathology is acute or chronic if it is respiratory related or metabolic.
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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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To determine if the patient is in an acute or chronic type situtation.
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Acid base status of blood.
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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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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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It can tell if a patient is in respiratory failure.
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It is so important on which I can measure the flow of oxygen.
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To know the level of oxygenation.
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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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Have a ph level that is not in sync can have multiple heart issues as well as respiratory issues.
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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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Co2 levels to know if oxygen is needed.
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It shows if they are in an alkaloid or acidic state.
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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 monitor the status of the patient and determine the course of treatment.
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The ph of a patients ll indicated a normal ventilation and oxygenation..
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PH can determine the patients condition and how to treat it.
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Determine the patient acid and base balance.
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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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Very important to make sure the body is balanced. The electrolytes.
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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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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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It tells us is the patient acidosis or alkalosis.
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Because it measures the acidity level in theyre blood.
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It tells us weather the patient is alkaline or acidosis.
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To determine their breathing needs.
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It measures the acidity level in your blood.
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To understand the relationship between the kidneys and the lungs.
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So we know how to treat our patients.
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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 the importance of their immune system.
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To make sure the patient is not too acidotic or alkalotic.
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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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To see if there acidotic or alkalotic.
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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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It can establish the severity of the illness.