Assuring delivery of adequate amounts of oxygen to
the tissue level is a central goal in managing the critically ill. Therefore, the ability
to assess oxygenation is an advanced skill that should be developed by all critical care
nurses and respiratory care practitioners. This seminar presents the physiology of oxygen
transport and utilization in detail, and offers participants the opportunity to develop
skill and confidence in performing pulmonary calculations. Mechanisms of hypoxemia are
clearly described, and an easy-to-use approach to interpreting arterial blood gases is
outlined. Designed with a practice perspective, this seminar goes beyond the basics and
helps participants develop in-depth knowledge in this vitally important area.
This seminar is intended for critical care nurses and
respiratory care practitioners.
Barbara Clark Mims,