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



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.