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Respiratory Acidosis

What is respiratory acidosis? Respiratory acidosis is a condition that occurs when the lungs can’t remove enough of the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by the body. Excess CO2 causes the pH of blood and other bodily fluids to decrease, making them too acidic. Normally, the body is able to balance the ions that control acidity. This balance is measured on a pH scale from 0 to 14. Acidosis occurs when the pH of the blood falls below 7.35 (normal blood pH is between 7.35 and 7.45). Respiratory acidosis is typically caused by an underlying disease or condition. This is also called respiratory failure or ventilatory failure. Normally, the lungs take in oxygen and exhale CO2. Oxygen passes from the lungs into the blood. CO2 passes from the blood into the lungs. However, sometimes the lungs can’t remove enough CO2. This may be due to a decrease in respiratory rate or decrease in air movement due to an underlying condition such as: There are two forms of respiratory acidosis: acute and chronic. Acute respiratory acidosis occurs quickly. It’s a medical emergency. Left untreated, symptoms will get progressively worse. It can become life-threatening. Chronic respiratory acidosis develops Continue reading >>

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  1. DebG

    With Fritz's #'s being so high most of the time, I think I want to use the ketone blood strips. Do I need to buy a separate meter or can I use my Alphatrak2? What strips do you recommend?
    I test frequently with the urine ketone strips but Iv'e read the blood detects it earlier.

  2. MrWorfMen's Mom

    Hi Deb,
    You cannot get strips to read ketones for your AT2 meter. I have only been able to find two meters that measure ketones. There may be other options in the US. The options I am aware of are:
    Nova Max- don't think the strips (glucose or ketone) are readily available for this meter in local retailers. I read that this meter was not always providing an accurate reading for BG or ketones at low ranges and often required a repeat test due to flimsy test strips being hard to insert into the meter. That said what I read was on the internet and could be ancient info and no longer applicable as meters do change.
    Precision Xtra - strips should be readily available locally but are more expensive.
    In Canada, the Precision Neo measures ketones as well as BG but it appears this meter in the US, only measure BG??! Strange but then we don't seem to be able to get the Precision Xtra here!

  3. Bobbie And Bubba

    Hey Deb, I use the Precision Xtra Ketone Meter. I got it online for about 30 bucks. The strips are expensive and the cheapest place found the strips were at Universal Drugstore from Canada. I got 40 strips for $90 plus $7 for S/H 1866-456-2456 The meter is really easy to use. Cat ketones do not show up on a human meter until 2.4 on the meter.

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