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“Clinical Benefits of Blood Gas Testing in Critical Care: Amazing Stories”

Radiometer and acutecaretesting.org* present…“Clinical Benefits of Blood Gas Testing in Critical Care: Amazing Stories”

In 1957, the first blood gas analyzer was developed and it was capable of measuring pH, pCO2 and pO2.  Since then, significant technological advancements have enabled the implementation of low specimen volume test menus that include electrolytes, metabolites and hemoglobin derivations in addition to blood gases and pH. Blood gas analyzers are now routinely used to monitor challenging populations such as critically ill patients.  In this case-based webinar, the benefits/limitations of monitoring critically ill patients in the clinical laboratory will be discussed and compared with the merits/limitations of blood gas analyzers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare and contrast specimen volume requirements, turn-around-time expectations and clinical accuracy between clinical laboratory and blood gas analyzer methods
  2. Describe the effect of specimen handling and pneumatic tube transportation on the measurement of blood gases
  3. Identify the effect of pre-analytical factors such as lipemia and hemolysis on the measurement of electrolytes using chemistry and blood gas analyzer methods
  4. Compare and contrast the benefits and limitations of measuring glucose, hemoglobin/hematocrit and bilirubin using clinical laboratory and blood gas analyzer methods


Martha E. Lyon Ph.D., DABCC, FACB  |  Clinical Biochemist  |  Royal University Hospital  |  Saskatchewan Health Authority, Saskatoon  |  Saskatchewan, Canada

Target Audience:  Laboratory Administrators, Medical Technologists, Point of Care Coordinators, Respiratory Therapists, Nurses

Continuing education information: 

  • One P.A.C.E.® credit-hour will be provided for this session. Radiometer is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.
  • This session is approved for 1 Florida Laboratory CE credit.
    Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel approved number: 50-12563
  • This program has been approved for 1 CRCE Contact Hour by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

Questions should be directed to Radiometer

* NOTE: This is a contracted supplier-sponsored webinar. HealthTrust has not approved and/or endorsed the content. This program may contain the mention of products, services, drugs or brands presented in a case study or comparative format. Such examples are intended for educational and informational purposes and should not be perceived as a HealthTrust endorsement of any particular supplier, product, service, drug, brand or approach.