OBI Medical

General medicine wards

Overlooked metabolic acidosis/alkalosis in the medicine wards

If an acid-base disorder is treated in its early stages, such as at the onset of the symptoms, treatment is usually successful, and serious problems can be avoided.

Systematic screening for acid-base disturbances in the medicine wards normally does not happen unless requested specifically. However, it is not unusual that acid-base disturbances are overlooked and patients are not treated correctly. The patient may end up in the ICU for further diagnosis and treatment.

With application of v-TACTM as a systematic screening tool, acid-base disturbances may be identified early, the right treatment provided in time and additional complications avoided. This will save bed days in the ICU, as well as in the hospital in general, with significant cost-savings in return.