Ch 15: Hypercapnia, Hypercarbia, & Hypoxia

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Let these lessons help you determine the differences between hypercapnia, hypercarbia, and hypoxia. Improve your grades, cram for a test, earn continuing education credits, or just review details about the causes and treatments of these conditions.

Hypercapnia, Hypercarbia, & Hypoxia - Chapter Summary

The human body needs oxygen, and our bodies have been designed to breathe oxygen in and exhale carbon dioxide out, but sometimes our bodies misuse oxygen and carbon dioxide. When these misuses occur, it can lead to such conditions as hypercapnia, hypercarbia, or hypoxia. In these lessons, you will discover the definitions for these conditions, their causes, and potential treatments. You have absolute control over how you go through the lessons, so you can read all of them in order, or you can pick and choose the lessons that you need to review. Almost all of our lessons can each be completed in less than 10 minutes, so getting through the chapter won't take as long as you may think. Topics covered in this chapter will teach you:

  • How to define hypercapnia and identify the causes
  • What are the symptoms and description of hypercarbia
  • To compare hypercapnia and hypercarbia
  • To explain hypoxia
  • The differences between hypercapnia and hypoxia
  • What treatment options are available for hypercapnia and hypercarbia

9 Lessons in Chapter 15: Hypercapnia, Hypercarbia, & Hypoxia
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Causes of Hypercapnia

1. Causes of Hypercapnia

In this lesson we are going to explore a condition known as hypercapnia. The lesson will explain the different causes of hypercapnia and describe the biological processes that cause it to occur.

What is Hypercapnia?

2. What is Hypercapnia?

This lesson covers the simple and the more complex definitions of hypercapnia. It also goes over the three critical categories of its occurrence and provides real-world clinical examples of each.

Hypercapnia: Symptoms & Treatment

3. Hypercapnia: Symptoms & Treatment

This lesson is going to give a working definition of hypercapnia. We will go over the initial and progressive symptoms as well as the treatment options.

Causes of Hypercarbia

4. Causes of Hypercarbia

Hypercarbia is when there's too much carbon dioxide present in the bloodstream. In this lesson, we'll look at two types of hypercarbia, chronic and acute, and identify some of the causes of each type.

What is Hypercarbia?

5. What is Hypercarbia?

Hypercarbia is a state that involves a gas in a specific form in the bloodstream. This lesson explains what hypercarbia is and how it's measured clinically.

Hypercarbia: Symptoms & Treatment

6. Hypercarbia: Symptoms & Treatment

In today's lesson we will discuss hypercarbia. We will learn what causes hypercarbia, as well as the symptoms one might experience and what treatments are available for hypercarbia.

Hypercapnia vs Hypercarbia

7. Hypercapnia vs Hypercarbia

The differences between hypercapnia and hypercarbia, as terms, aren't many. This lesson will go into their meanings, and how their prefixes and suffixes contribute to the small difference between them.

Hypercapnia & Hypoxia

8. Hypercapnia & Hypoxia

We need just the right amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our bodies in order for our bodies to function properly. Two conditions can occur when this doesn't happen. These are called hypercapnia and hypoxia.

What is Hypoxia?

9. What is Hypoxia?

In this lesson, we will define hypoxia and identify some of its common causes, symptoms, and treatment. We will also look at some potential complications and the long-term outlook after experiencing a hypoxic state.

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