What is the expected partial pressure of oxygen in the arterial blood (PaO2) in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)?

Updated: Mar 27, 2020
  • Author: Eloise M Harman, MD; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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In ARDS, if the partial pressure of oxygen in the patient’s arterial blood (PaO2) is divided by the fraction of oxygen in the inspired air (FiO2), the result is 300 or less. For patients breathing 100% oxygen, this means that the PaO2 is less than 300.


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