Bicarbonate HCO3

Normal Value: 22-26 Meq.

Action: Regulates acid-base balance. Acts as a buffer.

Regulated by pancreas, kidney, RBC, and lung function.

Bicarbonate is produced in RBC, liberated through exchange wiht chloride, and then excreated by the kidney.

Bristojet= 8.4% 50meq/50ml

Used: Pre-existing metabolic acidosis or prolonged cardiopulmonary arrest with abnormal ABG not corrected by CPR and ventilation:.

Dose: 1 meq/kg IV
bolus then dose in 10 min prn
* Monitor ABGs
* Monitor for hypernatremia or hyperosmolarity

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