Arterial Blood Sampling

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What you'll learn

Arterial blood sampling for blood gas analysis (ABG) is often practiced in the hospital setting to help make a diagnosis, indicate the severity of a condition and assess treatment. It is one of the most commonly used tests to monitor the two important measures of a patient’s clinical status i.e., oxygenation and blood acid levels. Correct interpretation of this test can lead to quicker and more accurate changes in the plan of care. read more »»

Blood Gas Analysis (BGA) is also a routine test in patients admitted in ICCU/ICU with critically ill diseases. An ABG is a blood test that measures the acidity, or pH, and the levels of oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) from an artery. Disorders which can be evaluated through this procedure include pulmonary disorders, drug overdose, and metabolic disorders.

Since this is the test which can be performed and is safe in patients who are on anticoagulants or have other coagulopathies, it is worth learning.

Knowledge on correct and relevant procedure for testing ABG, required sites to draw blood, indications and contraindications should be well known to health care professionals which could help in appropriate diagnosis and treatment as well.

Therefore, this course teaches you how to safely prepare for and obtain arterial blood samples from the three main sites (radial, femoral, or dorsalis pedis arteries) for blood gas analysis. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers three scenarios that test your ability to obtain a blood sample from the radial, femoral, or dorsalis pedis artery, depending on the scenario.

Practice the steps of the procedures online as often as you want, until you feel confident. This module is one of the foundation skills required for Year 1 post-graduate medical trainees and for specialist nurses.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses
  • Life science graduates

Key concepts covered include:

An overview on :

  • Indications, contraindications and complications related to arterial blood sampling
  • Relevant medical terminology
  • When to perform arterial blood sampling
  • To visualize the anatomy of the main arteries of the forearm
  • How to perform and interpret an Allen’s test
  • How to prepare for arterial blood sampling
  • The different arterial collection sites and when to use each
  • How to practice and perfect your skills in obtaining arterial blood samples from the radial, femoral, or dorsalis pedis artery, according to the clinical scenario provided
  • Correct post-procedure considerations

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