What Is a Blood Gas Test?

When someone is brought to the emergency room with difficulty breathing, medical personnel have only moments to determine the cause.

Difficulty breathing can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, and even chemical poisoning.

In order to determine the cause, a number of tests will be ordered. One of these is likely to be a blood gas test, also known as an arterial blood gas test (ABG) or a blood gas analysis.

A blood gas test is usually accompanied by other tests, including a urine test to check kidney function, chest x-rays and lung volume tests to test lung function, and blood counts for sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, and blood sugar.

The blood gas test checks the blood’s pH level and takes a measurement of the Partial Pressure of Oxygen (PaO2).

If a person’s pH is outside the normal range, it could mean that their lungs or kidneys are not functioning properly. A low PaO2 measurement suggests that the person is not getting sufficient oxygen. This might be caused by emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, or a heart problem.

Laurel Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center, in the scenic beach town of Keansburg, NJ, specializes in breathing issues. Headed by leading pulmonary specialist Dr. Avtar Parhar, our program is the most highly advanced pulmonary rehabilitation program in Monmouth County. At Laurel Bay, we focus on restorative and preventive care for those who suffer with chronic respiratory disease.

our residents receive the highest quality rehabilitative and skilled nursing care in a homelike and compassionate environment conducive to healing.

Our family -owned and -operated 123-bed facility, is tucked away in the quiet beach town of Keansburg, NJ at the Jersey Shore, within sight of Sandy Hook and the New York City skyline.

Our services include short-term rehab, long-term care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, hospice care, and respite care for those times when the caretaker needs to be taken care of.

We proudly provide the following specialty healthcare services: complex medical care management, intravenous (IV) therapy, wound care, enteral feeding, pain management, oxygen therapy, tracheostomy care, a dedicated pulmonary program, hospice care with private suites, a stroke rehab program, respiratory support, eye care, dental care, podiatry care, and psychological consults and counseling.

We pride ourselves on healing the entire patient through a holistic and individualized approach.

Our meticulous care planning helps us ensure that each and every resident receives the best in clinical care, support and unconditional love.

For over 25 years, we have been a staple of health and wellness, serving the members of our community and partnering with our local hospitals like Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, NJ and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ.

We provide a tailored program of physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as all types of specialized care under one roof.

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