Basic and Advanced Sciences for Anaesthetic Practice: Prepare for the FRCA

Edited by Nicholas Pace, FRCA FRCP PhD
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This eBook is one of 10 carefully selected collections of key articles from the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine journal - a continually updated, evidence-based learning resource, based on the RCOA Curriculum. It is ideal for trainees preparing for the FRCA (or similar) exams.  It will also prove an invaluable, authoritative refresher for life-long learning and CPD. Related MCQs are included to test your understanding.

ISBN 9780702069505
Author Information Edited by Nicholas Pace, FRCA FRCP PhD , Honorary Clinical Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow; Consultant Anaesthetist, Gartnavel General Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Glasgow UK.
Table of Content Section 1: Anatomy
Developmental anatomy of the airway
Anatomy of the skull
Anatomy of the cranial nerves
Ocular anatomy and physiology relevant to anaesthesia
The spinal cord and its membranes
The cervical plexus
Anatomy of the antecubital fossa
The femoral triangle and superficial veins of the leg
Applied anatomy for upper limb nerve blocks
Anatomy of the epidural space
Section 2: Physiology
Osmolarity and partitioning of fluids
The organization and composition of body fluids
Capillary dynamics and interstitial fluid-lymphatic system
Body temperature and its regulation
Protective mechanisms of the body
Physiology of ageing
The cell membrane and receptors
Cell biology and gene expression
Proteomics and metabolomics
Control of cardiac function
Initiation and regulation of the heartbeat
Electromechanical coupling and regulation of force of cardiac contraction
Neurological and humoral control of blood pressure
Applied cardiovascular physiology
Physiology of red and white blood cells
Haemostasis, blood platelets and coagulation
Respiration: ventilation
Respiration: control of ventilation
Fluid balance and non-respiratory functions of the lung
Principles of artificial ventilation
Applied respiratory physiology
Cerebrospinal fluid and its physiology
Applied cerebral physiology
The brain: functional divisions
Intracranial pressure and cerebral blood flow
Nerve cell function and synaptic mechanisms
Action potential: generation and propagation
Reflexes: principles and properties
Special senses
Homeostatic control mechanisms
Role of the kidney in acid-base balance
Acid-base physiology: new concepts
Regulation of fluid and electrolyte balance
The function of the nephron and the formation of urine
Renal blood flow, glomerular filtration and plasma clearance
Macronutrients, minerals, vitamins and energy
Intermediary metabolism
Gastric disorders: modifications of gastric content, antacids and drugs influencing gastric secretions and motility
Digestion and absorption
The mouth, stomach and intestines
Gut motility and its control
Starvation, exercise, injury and obesity
The pancreas
Metabolic functions of the liver
Physiology and pharmacology of nausea and vomiting
Hormonal control of metabolism: regulation of plasma glucose
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal function: anaesthetic implications
Thyroid and parathyroid hormones and calcium homeostasis
Adrenocortical hormones
Clinical aspects of endocrinology: parathyroid and adrenal gland disorders
Uterine physiology
Functions of the placenta
Characteristics of special circulations
Section 3: Immunology
The immune system
Immunological response to infection: inflammatory and adaptive immune responses
Inflammation, immunity and allergy
Immunology of transplantation
Crystalloids, colloids, blood, blood products and blood substitutes
Section 4: Pharmacology
Ion channels, receptors, agonists and antagonists
Factors affecting drug absorption and distribution
Mechanisms of drug interactions: pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
Pharmacokinetic variation
Pharmacokinetic analysis
Modes of drug elimination and bioactive metabolites
Extremes of barometric pressure
Developmental paediatric anaesthetic pharmacology
Principles of intravenous drug infusion
Mechanisms of action of general anaesthetic drugs
Total intravenous anaesthesia
Drugs acting on the heart: anti-arrhythmics
Drugs acting on the heart: heart failure and coronary insufficiency
Pharmacological modulation of cardiac function and blood vessel calibre
Drugs acting on the heart: anti-hypertensive drugs
Pharmacology of plasma expanders
Drugs affecting coagulation
Respiratory system: applied pharmacology
Drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system
Antidepressants and antipsychotics: anaesthetic implications
Pharmacological control of blood sugar
Drugs used to treat muscle and joint disease
Section 5: Equipment & Physics
Mechanics: force, mass and acceleration
Physics of gases
Gas, tubes and flow
Medical gases, their storage and delivery
Mechanical events and the pressure-volume relationships
Anaesthetic breathing systems
Principles of anaesthetic vaporizers
Humidification devices
Suction devices
Processing storage and display of physiological measurements
Principles of pressure transducer function, and sources of error in clinical use
Electricity and magnetism
Electrical hazards: causes and prevention
Surgical diathermy
Physical principles of defibrillators
Physics of ultrasound
Physical principles of LASER
Disinfection, sterilization and disposables
Section 6: Measurement
Basic measurement concepts
SI Units
Mathematical concepts
Statistics in medicine
Statistics for clinical trials and audit
Measurement of gas volume and gas flow
Measurement of respiratory function: an update on gas exchange
Measurement of pulse oximetry, capnography and pH
Measurement of gas concentrations (O2, CO2, N2O and volatile agents)
Measurement of humidity
Cardiac output measurement
Central venous pressure and pulmonary artery pressure monitoring
Monitoring arterial blood pressure
Measuring temperature
Common errors in clinical measurement
Test Yourself: MCQs
Publication Date 04-12-2015
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