Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Interpretation Online Course


Why the Online Course

The Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Online course was purpose-built to give you both clear explanations and practice to help you have confidence when interpreting ABG results. Here’s what is in the course: 

  • 8 Online Chapters
  • 11 Videos
  • Quizzes to check your knowledge
  • Work practice problems alongside Cathy!
  • A final review

Why the Flashcards

The Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Flashcards was purpose-built for Nursing Students to quickly master and review the MOST CRITICAL information for Arterial Blood Gas interpretation. The flashcards were also designed to work along side our Online Course! Here's the big ideas you can find on the flashcards:

  • How to obtain an ABG
  • ABG components and normal ranges for each component
  • Buffers that maintain acid/base balance in the body
  • Significance of higher/lower values for: pH, PaCO2, and HCO3
  • Steps for interpreting ABG results - Our deck (and associated videos) will help guide you through the steps to determine: Which acid/base imbalance is present? and Is the imbalance uncompensated, partially compensated, or fully compensated?
  • Causes, symptoms, and treatment for acid/base imbalances (Respiratory acidosis, Respiratory alkalosis, Metabolic acidosis, Metabolic alkalosis).

Topics covered by both the Online Course and the Flashcards include

  • ABG Basics
  • Buffers in the body
  • Significange of high/low values, steps for interpreting ABGs
  • Respiratory acidosis
  • Respiratory alkalosis
  • Metabolic acidosis
  • Metabolic alkalosis

Which Nursing Exams Do These Materials Help With?

Cathy Parkes, BSN, RN, CWCN, PHN in collaboration with a number of other nurses and nursing resources, designed this flashcard deck and online course to help nursing students master what they need to know for Pharmacology and help prepare them for the following exams:

  • NCLEX
  • ATI and HESI comprehensive predictor exam
  • Applicable classroom exams