Author(s): Jerneja Golub, Mario Gorenjak, Eva Žuran Pilinger, Amadeus Lešnik, Andrej Markota
Section: Letter to the Editor

Withdrawal of blood for arterial blood gases analysis (ABGA) has formed the mainstay of treatment in patients with dyspnoea and suspected acute respiratory failure for the past 50 years [1]. The diagnosis of acute respiratory failure is based on the results of ABGA and it is essential in the treatment of, amongst many others, various respiratory, metabolic and renal diseases, and intoxications [1]. In critically ill patients, access to arterial blood is required for regular ABGA and continuous arterial blood pressure measurements [1].

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