What is the patient preparation for arterial blood gases (ABGs)?

Updated: May 14, 2020
  • Author: Kevin McCarthy, RPFT; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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Assess collateral circulation. If a baseline room air oxygen level is desired, patients should discontinue use of supplemental oxygen for 20 minutes. If the patient is receiving anticoagulant therapy, extra care must be taken to continue pressure on the sampling site until bleeding has stopped. Personnel obtaining and/or analyzing the sample should don rubber gloves and take appropriate infection control measures.

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