What is the role of arterial blood gases in the workup of viral pneumonia?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Answer

ABGs may be of great value in identifying hypoxemia in severe disease but are unnecessary in mild or moderate disease. Pulse oximetry should be obtained in all patients.


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