did anybody else second guess the heck out this answer just because he's got a pH of 7.2 and he's hanging out in an outpatient clinic? I haven't done my clinicals yet but it seems like this guy would be struggling..
Or, if you can never remember MUDPILES: + he is way in renal failure: metabolic acidosis. + respiration 24/min: resp compensation, low CO2 + HCO3 is low (^^renal failure)
No need for MUDPILES here. Bad kidneys = Can't reabsorb HCO3 "base" > Metabolic Acidosis. Compensation is Resp Alkalosis. Based on that: PH less than 7.4 HCO3 Less than 24 Pco2 less than 40 Only answer is A
Uremia: part of MUDPILE
hence you develop metabolic acidosis --> LOW bicarb with DEC. pH and you develop respiratory alkalosis in response