Symptoms And Treatment Of Respiratory Acidosis Essay

778 Words Mar 19th, 2016 4 Pages
When the lungs are unable to remove all of the carbon dioxide the body produces, it results in a condition called Respiratory Acidosis. This condition causes body fluid especially the blood to be too acidic. There are levels of partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PCO2) in that shows whether or not the blood pH is balanced. “Normal levels adult/child: 35-45 mm Hg, Child less than 2 years: 26-41 mm Hg” (National Library, 2014). Elevated amounted of PCO2 indicates a sign of respiratory acidosis. HCO3; a concentration of hydrogen carbonate in the blood is used to determine along with pH (hydrogen ions) and CO2 source of acid base imbalance. “Normal levels of HCO3 and pH values are 22-26mmol/L and 7.35 - 7.45 respectively” (National Library, 2014). Usually, the lungs take in oxygen and exhale CO2. Oxygen passes from the lungs into the blood. CO2 passes from the blood into the lungs. However, sometimes the lungs can’t remove enough CO2. This may be due to a decrease in respiratory rate or decrease in air movement due to an underlying condition such as asthma, COPD, pneumonia, or sleep apnea. This may cause respiratory acidosis. “The lungs and the kidneys are the major organs that help regulate your blood’s pH. The lungs flush out acid by exhaling CO2 and the kidneys excrete acids through the urine. The kidneys also regulate your blood’s concentration of bicarbonate (a base). “In response to the increase in hydrogen ion and reduction of the pH, the body responds by trying to…

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