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The Primary FRCA Structured Oral Exam Guide 1, Second Edition
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PHYSIOLOGY

Red Blood Cells and Haemoglobin
Oxygen-Haemoglobin Dissociation Curve
Hypoxia
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
Exercise
Carbohydrate Metabolism
Starvation
Nausea and Vomiting
Liver Physiology
Gastric Regulation
Total Parenteral Nutrition
Acid-Base Balance
Buffers
Renal Blood Flow
Glomerular Filtration Rate
Renal Handling of Glucose, Sodium and Inulin
Fluid Compartments
Osmoregulation
Action Potentials
Cerebral Blood Flow
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Autonomic Nervous System
Child versus Adult
Pregnancy
Placental Transfer
Fetal Circulation
Ageing
Adrenal Gland
Thyroid Gland
Eye
Endothelium
Portal Circulations
Immune Mechanisms
Pain Pathways
Muscle Electrophysiology
Reflexes

PHYSICS

Definitions
Standard International Units
Principles of Measurement
Gas Laws
Supply of Medical Gases
General Aspects of Pressure
Pressure Regulators
Flow
Electrical Components
Defibrillators
Electrical Safety
Diathermy
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
Ventilators
Vaporisers
Neuromuscular Blockade Monitoring
Lasers
Ultrasound and Doppler
CT and MRI
Pulse Oximetry

About the Author

Kate McCombe, consultant anaesthetist, Frimley Health NHS Trust, Surrey, UK Lara Wijayasiri, consultant anaesthetist, Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust, Surrey, UK

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