Hannah M Williams
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 1, Iss. 4, 01 Jan 2009, pp 159 - 164

Arterial blood gas and electrolyte analyses are routinely conducted for critically unwell patients in the hospital setting. Modern and portable point-of care analysers now allow these tests to be performed in the pre-hospital setting. A small number of studies have looked at the potential for performing these tests in the prehospital setting and identified that on-scene testing can alter management of these critical patients.

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