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Capillary blood gases as an alternative to arterial puncture in diabetic ketoacidosis

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Report by Simon F J Clarke, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Checked by Andrew Parfitt, Consultant in Emergency Medicine


A short cut review was carried out to establish whether capillary blood rather than arterial blood can be used to assess acid base status in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis. A total of 25 papers were found using the reported searches, of which one presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results …

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