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# Dka Anion Gap Range

## Serum Anion Gap | Md Nexus

Clinical Utility: calculation of the anion gap is useful to differentiate anion gap metabolic acidoses (AGMA) (see Metabolic Acidosis-Elevated Anion Gap , [[Metabolic Acidosis-Elevated Anion Gap]]) from non-anion gap metabolic acidoses (NAGMA) (see Metabolic Acidosis-Normal Anion Gap , [[Metabolic Acidosis-Normal Anion Gap]]) Anion gap reflects the difference between unmeasured anions (i.e. the anions in the blood that are not routinely measured) unmeasured cations Normal Anion Gap Values: laboratory-dependent (so the laboratory should publish their normal range) Correction of Anion Gap for Serum Albumin: since albumin represents the major unmeasured anion responsible for the anion gap (with a net negative charge at physiologic pH), the expected anion gap must be corrected for serum albumin Anion Gap Decreases 2.3-2.5 mEq/L for Each 1 g/dL Decrease in the Serum Albumin: Corrected Anion Gap = (Measured Anion Gap) + [2.5 x (4.5 Serum Albumin)] Correction of Anion Gap for Hyperkalemia: since potassium is an unmeasured cation For example, serum potassium of 6.0 mEq/L will decrease the anion gap by 2 mEq/L Correction of Anion Gap for Hypercalcemia: since calcium is an unmeasured cation Continue reading >>

1. TheCommuter

You can post this question on this site's Nursing Student Assistance Forums and perhaps get an answer. One of our frequent users, Daytonite, loves to give detailed answers to these types of questions.
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2. ICRN2008

Here is the formula for anion gap:
Agap = Na + K - Cl -CO2
I would think that the doctor would be monitoring the glucose level (not the agap) to determine when to stop the insulin drip. Anyone else have an idea?

3. P_RN

One of our wonderful members Mark Hammerschmidt has a great FREE MICU site:
http://www.icufaqs.org/
Check section 4.2
It's all acidosis/alkalosis

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