(impaired gas exchange)
(pH low, PaCO2 high)
- respirations: shallow and slow, dyspnea
- Evaluation: LOC is decreased, ABGs (^PaCO2)
- Signs of early acidosis= Restlessness, Tachycardia, skin dry, pale to cyanotic.
- Late signs: pulse decreased and cyanosis
- *We are not breathing off CO2, levels are too high in the body causing an acidic environment.