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The measurement of arterial blood gases is essential in the management of respiratory failure and in the diagnostic assessment of the nature and severity of pulmonary disease. Adequate therapy for patients with acute respiratory insufficiency is often impossible without the information obtained from arterial blood gases. These studies must be readily available around the clock, including nights, weekends, and holidays and should not have to depend upon a technician called in from home.
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