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Buffers in Blood. Acidosis and Alkalosis. . Chapter 10. Buffers in the Blood. The pH of blood is 7.35 – 7.45 Changes in pH below 6.8 and above 8.0 may result in death The major buffer system in the body fluid is H 2 CO 3 /HCO 3 -

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    1. Buffers in Blood.Acidosis and Alkalosis. Chapter 10.

    2. Buffers in the Blood • The pH of blood is 7.35 – 7.45 • Changes in pH below 6.8 and above 8.0 may result in death • The major buffer system in the body fluid is H2CO3/HCO3- • Some CO2, the end product of cellular metabolism, is carried to the lungs for elimination, and the rest dissolves in body fluids, forming carbonic acid that dissociates to produce bicarbonate (HCO3-) and hydronium (H3O+) ions. • More of the HCO3- is supplied by the kidneys. • CO2 + H2O ↔ H2CO3 • H2CO3 + H2O ↔ H3O+ + HCO3-

    3. Carbonate bufferH2CO3 + H2O ↔ H3O+ + HCO3- • Excess acid (H3O+) in the body is neutralized by HCO3- • H2CO3 + H2O ← H3O+ + HCO3- • Equilibrium shifts left • Excess base (OH-) reacts with the carbonic acid (H2CO3) • H2CO3 + OH-→ H2O+ HCO3- • Equilibrium shifts right

    4. pH of the blood buffer • The concentrations in the blood of H2CO3 and HCO3- are 0.0024M and 0.024 respectively • H2CO3/ HCO3- = 1/10 is needed to maintain the normal blood pH (7.35 – 7.45)

    5. The effectiveness of the blood buffer • If the pH of 100 mL of distilled water is 7.35 and one drop of 0.05 M HCl is added, the pH will change to 7.00. • To change 100 mL of “normal” blood from pH of 7.35 to 7.00, approximately 25 mL of 0.05 M HCl is needed. • With 5.5 L of blood in the average body, more than 1300 mL of HCl would be required to make the same change in pH.

    6. Regulation of blood pH • The lungs and kidneys play important role in regulating blood pH. • The lungs regulate pH through retention or elimination of CO2 by changing the rate and volume of ventilation. • The kidneys regulate pH by excreting acid, primarily in the ammonium ion (NH4+), and by reclaiming HCO3- from the glomerular filtrate (and adding it back to the blood).

    7. Importance of the bicarbonate- carbonic acid buffering system • H2CO3 dissociates into CO2 and H2O, allowing H3O+ to be eliminated as CO2 by the lungs • Changes in PCO2 modify the ventilation rate • HCO3- concentration can be altered by kidneys

    8. Other important buffers • The phosphate buffer system (HPO42-/H2PO4-) plays a role in plasma and erythrocytes. • H2PO4- + H2O ↔ H3O+ + HPO42- • Any acid reacts with monohydrogen phosphate to form dihydrogen phosphate dihydrogen phosphate monohydrogen phosphate • H2PO4- + H2O← HPO42- + H3O+ • The base is neutralized by dihydrogen phosphate dihydrogen phosphate monohydrogen phosphate • H2PO4- + OH- → HPO42- + H3O+

    9. Proteins act as a third type of blood buffer • Proteins contain – COO- groups, which, like acetate ions (CH3COO-), can act as proton acceptors. • Proteins also contain – NH3+ groups, which, like ammonium ions (NH4+), can donate protons. • If acid comes into blood, hydronium ions can be neutralized by the – COO- groups • - COO- + H3O+→ - COOH + H2O • If base is added, it can be neutralized by the – NH3+ groups • - NH3+ + OH- → - NH2 + H2O

    10. Normal Values for Blood Buffer in Arterial Blood. • The following values are determined by blood gas analyzer: • pH 7.35 – 7.45 • PCO2 35 – 45 mm Hg • H2CO3 2.4 mmoles/L of plasma • HCO3- 24 mmoles/L of plasma • PO280 – 110 mm Hg

    11. Blood Gases • In the body, cells use up O2 and give off CO2. • O2 flows into the tissues because the partial pressure of O2 is higher (100 mm Hg) in oxygenated blood, and lower (<30 mm Hg) in the tissues. • CO2 flows out of the tissues because the partial pressure of CO2 is higher (>50 mm Hg) in the tissues and lower (40 mm Hg) in the blood.

    12. Blood Gases • In the lungs, O2 enters the blood, while CO2 from the blood is released. • In the tissues, O2 enters the cells, which release CO2 into the blood.

    13. Interpretation of Clinical Blood Gas DataH2OCO2 + H2O ↔ H2CO3↔ H3O+ + HCO3- • The concentration of carbonic acid in the body is associated with the partial pressure of CO2. • When CO2 level rises, producing more H2CO3, the equilibrium produces more H3O+, which lowers the pH – acidosis. • Decreasing of CO2 level due to a hyperventilation, which expels large amounts of CO2, leads to a lowering in the partial pressure of CO2 below normal and the shift of the equilibrium from H2CO3 to CO2 and H2O. This shift decreases H3O+ and raises blood pH – alkalosis.

    14. Respiratory Acidosis: CO2 ↑ pH ↓ • Symptoms: Failue to ventilate, suppression of breathing, disorientation, weakness, coma • Causes: Lung disease blocking gas diffusion (e.g., emphysema, pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma); depression of respiratory center by drugs, cardiopulmonary arrest, stroke, poliomyelitis, or nervous system disorders • Treatment: Correction of disorder, infusion of bicarbonate

    15. Respiratory Alkalosis: CO2↓ pH ↑ • Symptoms: Increased rate and depth of breathing, numbness, light-headedness, tetany • Causes: hyperventilation due to anxiety, hysteria, fever, exercise; reaction to drugs such as salicylate, quinine, and antihistamines; conditions causing hypoxia (e.g., pneumonia, pulmonary edema, and heart disease) • Treatment: Elimination of anxiety producing state, rebreathing into a paper bag

    16. Metabolic (Nonrespiratory) Acidosis: H+↑ pH ↓ • Symptoms: Increased ventilation, fatigue, confusion • Causes: Renal disease, including hepatitis and cirrhosis; increased acid production in diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, alcoholism, and starvation; loss of alkali in diarrhea; acid retention in renal failure • Treatment: Sodium bicarbonate given orally, dialysis for renal failure, insulin treatment for diabetic ketosis

    17. Metabolic (Nonrespiratory) Alkalosis: H+↓ pH ↑ • Symptoms: Depressed breathing, apathy, confusion • Causes: Vomiting, diseases of the adrenal glands, ingestions of access alkali • Treatment: Infusion of saline solution, treatment of underlying diseases