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  HCO3 (Bicarbonate) deficit  

Patient Weight (kg)
Desired HCO3 (mmol/L) {~24}
Actual HCO3 (mmol/L)
HCO3 Deficit (mmol/L)

Calculation(s) used

HCO3 deficit = 0.4 x Weight {kg} x (desired HCO3 {mmol/L} - measured HCO3 {mmol/L})



An excess of inorganic or organic acids causes bicarbonate deficit constituting metabolic acidosis.


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