Short-term regulation of acid-base homeostasis

Clancy, John and McVicar, Andrew (2007) Short-term regulation of acid-base homeostasis. British Journal of Nursing, 16 (16). pp. 1016-1021.

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Abstract

The first in this two-part article explores the short-term homeostatic mechanisms involved in maintaining the ‘acid-base balance’ of body fluids. The second article identifies the intermediate and long-term homeostatic mechanisms involved in maintaining the ‘acid-base balance’. The acid-base balance of the body refers to the ideal pH of body fluids, which is determined by the hydrogen ion (H+) concentration of body fluids. Normal pH optimizes enzyme action and a healthy metabolism. Prolonged abnormal pH leads to disordered metabolism and illness, therefore, an understanding of pH is crucial for nurses who have access to patient’s medical records. Since observing a patient’s blood and urine pH aids assessment, diagnostics, planning care, implementing care and re-evaluating healthcare intervention. The aim of this article is to educate nurses in the understanding of the biochemical functioning of buffers as the short-term regulators of pH control.

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Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 11:09
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2023 15:33
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/12354
DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2007.16.16.27082

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