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Quantitative physico-chemical analysis of the acidosis of cardiac arrest

Heatherlee Bailey

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Associate Program Director of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Critical Care 2005, 9:347-348  doi:10.1186/cc3770

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Published: 22 July 2005


Metabolic acidosis is a common finding after cardiac arrest. Until recently this acidosis was mainly attributed to lactate. The physico-chemical approach to acid–base balance permits the detection of previously unmeasured ions. These ions have been shown to affect the acid–base status of patients.