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1h 10m

Interpretation of Arterial Blood Gas Results

This Course will provide an overview of the basic interpretation of arterial blood gas results and their relationship to metabolic and respiratory abnormalities.

20 Oct 2015

Learning Outcomes


Describe the normal physiology of the respiratory system


Explain when an arterial blood gas might be needed


Identify normal and abnormal values of arterial blood gas results


Recognise specific arterial blood gas abnormalities and clinical concerns



Very useful -- 04 Jul 2018
Excellent information and we'll presented. I particularly enjoyed the application of all the learning in the case studies at the end! -- 21 Jun 2018
Great -- 18 Jun 2018
A very thorough revision of ABG interpretation -- 17 Jun 2018
Very good explanation of the topic with relevant examples. -- 09 Jun 2018
Quite confusing but very educational -- 04 Jun 2018
Excellent. Thank you -- 30 May 2018
Very clear course. Appreciation towards the speaker - I found him clear and precise. Great for leaning. -- 29 May 2018
excellent -- 29 May 2018
Found this very useful to my work and will revisit this lecture again at another stage -- 27 May 2018
Great presentation. Very informative. -- 24 May 2018
very interesting -- 24 May 2018
A little quick at times but overall a great, concise course that covered off all the basics to get me started and connect the numbers to the clinical picture. -- 24 May 2018
made it so easy to understand -- 24 May 2018
A very good presentation and easy to understand. -- 24 May 2018
A very good presentation and easy to understand. -- 24 May 2018
Well presented, concise and relatable -- 23 May 2018
excellent -- 21 May 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals: -- 20 May 2018
The educator was great and topic was very interesting. -- 20 May 2018
Confusing at first but became very clear by the end. Excellent! -- 19 May 2018
important information -- 14 May 2018
Very good topic. Easier to understand -- 14 May 2018
excellent resource -- 11 May 2018
The topic was clearly presented. -- 02 May 2018
this was very clear and the speaker didn't rush his explanation of the ABG at any time. The video is long , but very much worth the hour with a cup of tea and listen to it intently -- 27 Apr 2018
help solidify previous learning -- 26 Apr 2018
Very informative and actually quite easy to understand. -- 26 Apr 2018
The presenter was easy to listen to, easy to understand and presented the topic in a systematic and simeple way to understand. -- 25 Apr 2018
It is recommended for those nurses who would like to improve their knowledge on ABG. -- 24 Apr 2018
very informative and easily understandable. -- 23 Apr 2018
very informative and useful -- 23 Apr 2018
i really liked this one, easy to follow and understand without over complication. -- 23 Apr 2018
The method used, was not clear -- 21 Apr 2018
Just what I needed. Was stumped by ABG's on my patient the other day proceeding a met call. lost all confidence to even attempt to interpret them. Feel much more confident with this refresher. -- 20 Apr 2018
very informative piece of education . -- 17 Apr 2018
Great learning tool -- 07 Apr 2018
Good information for nurses who have not required use of ABG before. -- 03 Apr 2018
it was brief but good -- 22 Mar 2018
This resource has given me the tools to apply ABG analysis into my practice. -- 01 Mar 2018
Very informative and easy to understand. -- 28 Feb 2018
i enjoyed the refresher and the simple explanation of education -- 01 Feb 2018
Very interesting and informative lecture. -- 07 Jan 2018
The educator has made a very brilliant and engaging slides on the interpretation of Arterial Blood Gases. The education was really helpful to reinforce my understanding of interpreting ABG gases. Case scenarios was really helpful to reflect upon the cases that we face almost on daily basis. Highly recommended. -- 05 Jan 2018
very informative and worthwhile activity -- 30 Dec 2017
This resource was extremely useful, the topic was explained in a manner that is easy to understand, I could go at my own pace reviewing the material several times until I understood it. -- 30 Dec 2017
Well presented learning activity. -- 29 Dec 2017
This was very informative, delivered in a very concise & clear manner. -- 28 Dec 2017
A very well explained VLA. -- 25 Dec 2017
Really, really interesting! -- 20 Dec 2017
Very well organised VLA -- 20 Dec 2017
Very informative will recommend to other colleauges -- 25 Nov 2017

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • A review of the physiology of respiration
  • Normal arterial blood gas ranges and what they mean
  • How to obtain a blood gas sample
  • Metabolic abnormalities and their causes
  • Respiratory abnormalities and their causes

Target audience

Health professionals in all settings, but particularly for those working in the following areas:

  • Acute care settings
  • Emergency departments
  • Critical care


Review and introduce the theoretical and practical components associated with the interpretation of arterial blood gases.


Critically ill patients are not confined to critical care units. Every day, practitioners working in acute areas encounter arterial blood gas results, which they are required to interpret. The result of an arterial blood gas sample can quickly and accurately provide reliable data on the state of a person’s acid-base balance and oxygen levels. This information can be critical in determining the speed and type of intervention required to address any abnormalities, and for assessing the effectiveness of such interventions. Arterial blood gas analysis can be complex, but this Course provides an accessible and easily understood interpretation of this advanced practice skill.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.