Acid Base Balance and Buffers

An account of acid-base physiology and its relevance to anaesthesia.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of Anaesthetists

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Describe the chemistry of acids, bases and hydrogen ions
  3. Explain the pH scale and hydrogen ion concentration
  4. State the role of buffers
  5. State physiological compensatory mechanisms
  6. Describe the principal mechanisms that control hydrogen ion concentration
  7. Describe the newer physicochemical theories of hydrogen ion control
  8. Identify the common disorders of hydrogen ion balance

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