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Bicarbonate Need in Metabolic Acidosis

Purpose:

To determine the amount of bicarbonate needed to correct a metabolic acidosis.

Specialty:

Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology

Objective:

dosage calculations, administration, response to therapy

ICD-10:

E87.2

Description:

In severe metabolic acidosis, bicarbonate may be given to correct the base deficit in the extracellular fluid within 24 hours. Parenteral bicarbonate therapy may be considered in patients when the pH is below 7.2 and should be discontinued once the pH reaches 7.2.

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