Blood sample - arterial
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 problemsor metabolic disorders). However, arterial sticks may sometimes be done to get blood cultureor blood chemistry samples.