By Michael A. Grippi, MD - 3rd Apr 2020 - Course previews

What is diffusing capacity and why is it important?

The diffusing capacity of the lung (as a whole) is often used as an indicator of clinical conditions and, in a clinical or laboratory environment, carbon monoxide is used to determine this measure. In this video from our Blood Gas Analysis Essentials course, we'll take a look at the importance of diffusing capacity as a measure of gas exchange and consider the clincal factors that affect it.


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Master arterial blood gas analysis based on an understanding of relevant physiological principles. You’ll cover the crucial factors that determine the oxygenation of blood in the lungs, as well as oxygen transport and delivery to peripheral tissues. Learn about the interplay between blood gas and acid-base analysis, and how carbon dioxide affects arterial pH. This course complements our Acid-Base Essentials course.

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