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Renal Acid-Base guide

Discussion in 'Step I' started by The Angriest Bird, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. The Angriest Bird

    The Angriest Bird 10+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    This is an area for which I've always studied hard but have never studied enough. Does anyone have a handy-dandy guide that is sufficient for Step I?

    One of my attendings said in one meeting that there's some guide circulating around that's really good for understanding acid-base physiology/pathology. Anyone know what this is? Thank you!
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  3. osli

    osli Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    None of them seem to stick for me. I've seen several, and each time thought "ooh... this looks pretty simple, and it makes sense... perfect" and then a week later I can't remember anything about it.

    One thing I finally learned is that if I just took the time to understand renal acid/base physiology, then I could reason out pretty much any question from first principles. I didn't need to try to (once again) memorize rules of thumbs for evaluating disturbances.

    But hey... maybe someone else has that magic guide that will work for even me!
  4. Monica Lewinsky

    Monica Lewinsky 2+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2008
    Is it important to memorize the acid/base disorder graph in FA and BRS? I understand acid base physio, but that graph seems like its not worth the time to memorize if you understand ab physio conceptually.
  5. It'sElectric

    It'sElectric 10+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    I've expended no energy in memorizing the exact compensations or the nomogram...does anyone know if these are necessary to know??

    I agree it's conceptual, and that's exactly how I've gone about understanding it all. Hopefully I still understand it this Saturday.

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