An infant, three weeks old, is admitted to the Emergency Room. The mother reports that the infant has been irritable, difficult to breastfeed and has had diarrhea for the past 4 days. The infantís respiratory rate is elevated and the fontanels are sunken. The Emergency Room physician orders ABGs after assessing the ABCs.
The results from the ABGs come back from the laboratory and show:
pH = 7.37
Pa C02 = 29 mmHg
HC03 = 17 mEq/L
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