Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation Q 6

By | June 30, 2022

Dave, a 6-year-old boy, was rushed to the hospital following her mother’s complaint that her son has been vomiting, nauseated and has overall weakness. After a series of tests, the nurse notes the laboratory results: potassium: 2.9 mEq. Which primary acid-base imbalance is this boy at risk for if medical intervention is not carried out?
     A. Respiratory Acidosis
     B. Respiratory Alkalosis
     C. Metabolic Acidosis
     D. Metabolic Alkalosis

Correct Answer: D. Metabolic Alkalosis

Vomiting, hypokalemia, overdosage of NaHCO3 and NGT suctioning are considered risk factors of metabolic alkalosis.

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