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Glucose, lactate, and acid–base 

Glucose, lactate, and acid–base
Glucose, lactate, and acid–base

Mike Higgins

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date: 18 October 2019

Acid-base biochemistry, lactate metabolism, and even glucose metabolism are complex. In an individual patient it may be difficult to interpret with certainty the precise mechanisms underlying the measured trends. Nevertheless, these measurements are useful as indicators of potential physiological derangement, as guides to treatment, and as indicators of prognosis. Despite the underlying complexity, a pragmatic approach extracts most of the immediate clinical value from the data with remarkably little mental effort.

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