Arterial blood gas analysis; ABG
There is very little risk when the procedure is done correctly. Veins and arteries vary in size from one patient to another and from one side of the body to the other. Taking blood from some people may be more difficult than from others.
Other risks associated with this test may include:
Tell your health care provider if you are taking any blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants), including aspirin.
Call your health care provider if you notice bleeding, bruising, numbness, tingling, or change in skin color at the puncture site.
Seifter JL. Acid-base disorders. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 119.
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