The principles of oxygen transport and ventilation are core concepts for critical care nurses to understand in managing acutely and critically ill patients. Nurses must be able to assess the patient carefully and evaluate laboratory data, including blood gases. This is not an easy competency to attain.
Hennessey and Japp provide a great overview of the basics of gas exchange, the disorders of gas exchange, and acid-base basics and disorders. An algorithm for assessing pulmonary gas exchange and one for helping assess acid-base balance are included in part 1.
The second half of the book is a collection of case studies, with accompanying blood gases for analysis. Answers and rationales are provided to support learning. An additional benefit is access to the Student Consult online feature that provides enhanced information.