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2nd Edition

The Primary FRCA Structured Oral Exam Guide 1

ISBN 9781785230981
Published February 16, 2016 by CRC Press
284 Pages

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Book Description

The Primary FRCA Structured Oral Examination Study Guide 1 is the definitive revision aid to the Primary FRCA structured oral examination. This second edition is revised and updated in line with the new Royal College of Anaesthetists ‘Guide to the Primary FRCA’, with over 20 new topics to reflect changes to the RCoA’s model questions and major revisions to graphs, diagrams and many of the pre-existing sections.

Packed with new guidelines and current hot topics, this first volume covers physiology and physics. The nearly 50 physiology topics covered include lung function, hypoxia, acid–base balance, pain pathways, oxygen transport, cerebral blood flow and more. Nearly 30 physics topics are covered including gas laws, oxygen measurement, cardiac output monitoring, safety features of the anaesthetic machine, resuscitation bags and valves, depth of anaesthesia monitoring and more. The second edition of this hugely popular book is improved in clarity and content but stays true to the pragmatic approach adopted by the authors in the first edition.

Table of Contents


Red Blood Cells and Haemoglobin
Oxygen–Haemoglobin Dissociation Curve
Oxygen Transport
Carbon Dioxide Transport
Alveolar Gas Equation
Ventilation–Perfusion (V/Q) Mismatch and Shunt
Respiratory Dead Space
Lung Volumes
Lung Compliance
Control of Respiration
Altitude and Diving
Lung Function Measurement
Effects of Anaesthesia on Lung Function
Baroreceptors and Control of Blood Pressure
Cardiac Cycle
Coronary Circulation
Carbohydrate Metabolism
Nausea and Vomiting
Liver Physiology
Gastric Regulation
Total Parenteral Nutrition
Acid–Base Balance
Renal Blood Flow
Glomerular Filtration Rate
Renal Handling of Glucose, Sodium and Inulin
Fluid Compartments
Action Potentials
Cerebral Blood Flow
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Autonomic Nervous System
Child versus Adult
Placental Transfer
Fetal Circulation
Adrenal Gland
Thyroid Gland
Portal Circulations
Immune Mechanisms
Pain Pathways
Muscle Electrophysiology


Standard International Units
Principles of Measurement
Gas Laws
Supply of Medical Gases
General Aspects of Pressure
Pressure Regulators
Electrical Components
Electrical Safety
States of Matter, Heat Capacity and Latent Heat
Temperature Measurement
Pollution and Scavenging
Oxygen Measurement
pH Measurement
Carbon Dioxide Measurement
Blood Pressure Measurement
Arterial Pressure Waveform
Cardiac Output Monitoring
Depth of Anaesthesia Monitoring
Safety Features of the Anaesthetic Machine
Disconnection Monitors
Breathing Systems
Resuscitation Bags and Valves
Neuromuscular Blockade Monitoring
Ultrasound and Doppler
CT and MRI
Pulse Oximetry

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Kate McCombe, consultant anaesthetist, Frimley Health NHS Trust, Surrey, UK

Lara Wijayasiri, consultant anaesthetist, Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, Surrey, UK