If a patient is in acute renal failure would you expect them to be in a metabolic acidosis or alkalosis and why. I have a crit care exam on weds anc am finding this whole acid/base balance stuff hard work.
Thanks so much! Prob v.simple for you but but its so hard to get your head around isn't it? You are ICU trained aren't you, does it start to make sense after a while? Canot get my head around the bicard readings from ABGs either.
I figured it was something to do with things not being excreted but wasn't sure, its been irritating me for ages. Cheers x
Thanks again, have done some shifts on renal on the bank as an aux and i enjoy it, would love to do ICU but have no hope of an ICU job so am going to try and end up somewhere that does HDU type care.
Hopefully there will not be much on acid/base balance on exam.