Arterial stick

  • Alternative Names

    Blood sample - arterial

    Normal Values

    See specific tests, particularly the arterial blood gas test.

    Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.

    What abnormal results mean

    An arterial stick is done to get blood samples from arteries. Arterial blood samples are mainly taken to measure arterial blood gases (which may indicate breathing problems or metabolic disorders). However, arterial sticks may sometimes be done to get blood culture or blood chemistry samples.