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    A client, 5 days post-abdominal surgery, has a nasogastric tube. The nurse notes that the nasogastric tube (NGT) is draining a large amount (900 cc in 2hours) of coffee ground secretions. The client is not oriented to person, place, or time. The nurse contacts the attending physician and STAT ABGs are ordered.

    The results from the ABGs come back from the laboratory and show:

      pH = 7.52
      Pa C02 = 35 mmHg
      HC03 = 29 mEq/L

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