Acid Base Case Study

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  • Read the Immune Case Study.
    • Henry was admitted to the emergency room with the following symptoms headache, nauseous, confused and extreme sleepiness. Labs were drawn and the following results were returned:
    • Arterial Blood Gas (ABG)
      pH: 7.25
      Pco2: 33
      HCO3-: 15 mEq/L
  • Download the case study worksheet.
  • Answer the following questions, including detail and appropriate explanations:
    • o What is an ABG? Why or when is it usually performed?
    • What are the normal values for the labs listed above?
    • Describe the 3 systems in the body that work together to regulate pH.
    • What type of acid/base imbalance is present in Henry?
    • Is Henry’s body compensating? If so is it partially or fully compensated? Explain your reasoning.
    • Explain how the compensatory mechanism is going to affect this imbalance. Relate your answer to the following equation:
      CO2 + H20 ↔ H2CO3 ↔ HCO3- + H+
    • What organ system is responsible for compensating in this case?
    • What changes will be observable when the organ system compensates?
    • Explain 3 common causes of this type of acid/base imbalance.

Please be sure to validate your answers with citations and references in APA format.

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