You have been called to the medical-surgical floor to assist in rapid intubation of a patient with a combination of exacerbated heart failure and advanced COPD. Initial oxygen saturation was 75% according to the nursing staff. After intubation, you continue the care of the patient in the ICU. What would be the difference between respiratory acidosis and alkalosis? Provide an example of each arterial blood gas reading. Differentiate the initial treatment plan for respiratory acidosis and alkalosis using the ventilator as well as pharmacotherapeutic agents. What environmental and nutritional interventions would you recommend for this patient? Support your answer with two or three peer-reviewed resources.
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