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The consequences of missing a severe metabolic acidosis in the patient your about to intubate can ce devastating. We discuss what to do here.


The first goal should be to identify a severe metabolic acidosis BEFORE you intubate and take away your patient’s ability to compensate. Kaussmal breathing is a classic example of respiratory compensation in metabolic acidosis with rapid deep breaths. A rapid respiratory rate without a clear cardio-pulmonary cause should make you wonder…

reverse underlying causes

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Match minute ventilation

In a patient with severe metabolic acidosis you need to match their minute ventilation. What is minute ventilation. Well, I’m glad you asked.


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