Blood Buffer - Blood pH

Blood pH

In order to function properly, the human body needs to maintain a blood pH between 7.35 and 7.45. Large deviations from this range are extremely dangerous. Values greater than 7.8 or less than 6.8 often result in death. Any condition in which the blood pH drops below 7.35 is known as acidosis. If the pH rises above 7.45, it is known as alkalosis.

To prevent acidosis or alkalosis the body relies on the interaction of a chemical buffer system in the blood with the body's respiratory and urinary systems. In this experiment we will concentrate on one component of the chemical buffer system.

Continue and read about the carbonic acid/bicarbonate buffer.

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