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Assessment :: Assessment Step 1 :: pH

    Step One: Determine the acid/base status of the arterial blood. Keep in mind what is Normal

    If the blood's pH is less than 7.35 this is an acidosis, and if it is greater than 7.45 this is an alkalosis.

    You may hear nurses or doctors say: "The patient is 'acidotic' or 'alkalotic'

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