Kussmaul Breathing: A Case Study

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The patient’s respiratory pattern is that of Kussmaul breathing. This is the body’s attempt to blow off as much carbon dioxide to compensate for the metabolic acidosis from DKA, seen when the pH is less then 7.20 (McCance & Huether, 2014). The patient will have a fruity odor on his breath due to the keto acid.

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