After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Solidify the understanding of acid-base physiology.
  • Identify the most common causes for metabolic alkalosis.
  • Assess mixed acid-base problems.
  • Identify if respiratory problems are acute or chronic.
  • Determine if the primary underlying disorder is metabolic or respiratory.
  • Identify different causes for metabolic acidosis.
Chapter 1

Acid-base fundamentals

In this chapter, you will learn the basic principles behind acid-base analysis. Look inside and see how the pH is determined by bicarbonate and pCO2. This chapter concludes with a handy rule for how to determine if the primary underlying disorder is metabolic or respiratory.
7 Lessons (22m 46s)
Chapter 2

Respiratory disorders—a short primer

In this ultra-short chapter (consisting of just one lesson) you will get a short introduction to respiratory disorders.
1 Lesson (0m 59s)
Chapter 3

Metabolic acidosis

In this chapter, we'll teach you about the different causes for metabolic acidosis. You'll also learn how to use one of the most powerful tools in acid-base analysis—the anion gap. As you'll see, it's invaluable when analyzing any acid-base problems.
8 Lessons (14m 04s)
Chapter 4

Mixed metabolic disorders

Several metabolic acid-base problems can be present in one patient at the same time. In this chapter, we will teach you exactly how you can find out if that's the case in your patient.
3 Lessons (11m 02s)
Chapter 5

Metabolic alkalosis

After completing this chapter you will know about the most common causes for metabolic alkalosis. You will also learn several key concepts with respect to its treatment.
2 Lessons (9m 08s)
Chapter 6

Compensation

In this chapter we've come up with super-simple rules that will help you decide if compensation is adequate or not. You'll understand exactly how the lungs compensate a metabolic problem and how the kidneys compensate a respiratory problem.
2 Lessons (8m 12s)