pH:
7.44 help_outline
PaCO2:
32 mmHg help_outline
[HCO3-]:
21 mEq/L help_outline
Primary problem

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Compensation

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Level of compensation
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Partial compensation means that the pH is still abnormal.

Full compensation means that the pH is back to normal.

close The pH is normal, so it is fully compensated.
close The pH is normal, so either things are normal, or the problem has been fully compensated.
close CO2 is the respiratory component.
HCO3- is the metabolic component.
normal: (-2) - 2 mEq/L close
This BE is low (acidotic). However, the pH is on the alkalotic side of normal. This makes the (acidotic) BE the compensation.
normal: 22-26 mEq/L close
This HCO3- is low (acidotic). However, the pH is on the alkalotic side of normal. This makes the (acidotic) HCO3- the compensation.
normal: 35-45 mmHg close
This CO2 is low (alkalotic). The pH is on the alkalotic side of normal. This makes the (alkalotic) CO2 the primary cause.
32 mmHg = 4.3 kPa
normal: 7.35-7.45 close
This pH is normal. If any of the other pieces are abnormal, they must be fully compensated.