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"This is an excellent quick read which introduces an important aspect of ICU physiology.”

Doody Enterprises, Inc. July 2008

"Arterial blood gas analysis is often perceived as one of the most difficult topics to be covered in the laboratory medicine curriculum, so many will welcome the promise contained in the title of this book, albeit with a degree of scepticism. They will not be disappointed. This excellent pocket-sized handbook, which can be read at one sitting, is an object lesson in clarity. This really is arterial blood gases made easy. The book is divided into two equal sections. The first covers basic physiology and concepts required for interpretation of blood gas results under four headings: gas exchange in the lungs, disturbance of gas exchange, normal acid-base balance, and the four classes of acid-base disturbance. This first section also covers arterial blood collection technique and includes two flow charts for interpretation of blood gas results. The success of this first section as an educative tool depends on attention to only that which is essential, economy of writing, and liberal use of artwork. This is a thoughtfully designed book, which is very pleasing to the eye and, in the best possible way, easy on the brain! The second half of the book comprises 25 case scenarios that enable readers to test their understanding of the first section. These case scenarios are purpose-written so that each exemplifies a different way in which blood gas results can be deranged in a genuine real-life clinical setting. Presentation and discussion of each is brief but like all other parts of the book, focused and highly informative. Aimed primarily at medical students, junior doctors and specialist nurses, this book assumes almost no knowledge of the topic on behalf of the reader and covers a lot of ground in a short and highly accessible read that should instil real confidence for accurate interpretation of blood gas results in most, if not all clinical circumstance. Excellent value."

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sam "final year medical student on 14 Jan 2008
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Very impressed wiith this great little book. It clearly explains how to interperate the abg in a concise, user friendly manner. I particularly benefited from going over the clinical examples section. By expaining the abg within the context of clinical problems that are commonly seen on the wards this book has given me more confidence in my abilty to interperate real life blood gas results.

i have already gone through it twice and it gave me a quick refresher on the subject before ward rounds
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Gough on 30 Dec 2007
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This book on interpreting arterial blood gases is a must have. It does not baffle you with science it is easy to read and understand, very user friendly and is a must for anyone learning to interpret ABG's or indeed in need of a refresher. Just Brilliant highly recommended
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A+E trainee on 24 Nov 2007
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If you have not had to intepret a blood gas for a while or just need a quick reminder of the basics then this is an essential purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sumayya Patel on 6 Jun 2010
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Concise, easy to follow book. The authors explain what i think are difficult concepts to grasp into manageable pieces for any student of medicine, nursing to junior doctors and definately handy near exam time. Interpretaion of blood gas chemistry is vital and so a book that can easily translate theory into practise emerges as a winner in my eyes! Worth it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary F. on 29 Jun 2010
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Found this pocket size book invaluable in my nursing role. well written easy to understand and took much of the mystique out of interpreting ABG's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phloe on 11 Mar 2013
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It's very clearly written with the first 56 pages written about ABGs followed by 25 cases to practice.

I was slightly disappointed because I thought that for the amount I paid, there would be more information in it. The pages look slightly scare and theres usually some words on the left page and a diagram on the right page. Not all the diagrams are fantastic or useful e.g. there is a picture of the lungs with the ribs, trachea and loebs labelled. Sometimes it seemed like the diagram was there for the sake of taking up some space. Even the pages with words weren't always filled up. It's very easy to read. I don't think I even saw the work "chemoreceptors" under the physiology section. The term they used was "specialised receptors".

What's good:
1) I found about half the cases quite useful. The answers span about half to one page. They are all very well explained and not unnecessarily wordy. I especially like the cases that were linked to the previous case because you get to see how ABGs can change as the disease progresses.

2) It's colourful. So even if the diagrams aren't useful, the colours make it a more pleasant to look at and get through.

3) The 2 pages on oxygen delivery masks held some pretty good points that weren't brought up in my ABG lectures

4) The little note boxes: Those were quite relevant and informative.

Otherwise, expect something quite basic. If you have not read anything on ABGs, start with this book. But if you're a 2nd or 3rd year, then maybe you'd do better borrowing it from the library and making some notes. It took me a few hours to get through it and take notes, coffee breaks included. It is quite pricey for the size and content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E on 26 Oct 2010
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Sarah Edwards,

This book is definitely a must have for medical students and junior doctors alike. It goes through arterial blood gases in a easy manor. I'm lucky in my medical school that i get taught a lot about ABGs but if your not this is a must. What is even better is at the end there are over 20 examples of ABGs, which helps to consolidate your learning! Superb book

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reza H. Samiei on 8 April 2008
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Arterial blood gases in under an hour. Very easy, very simple and very good. Definitely not for freaks who want to know about how the electrodes in the machines work.
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