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The Physics, Clinical Measurement and Equipment of Anaesthetic Practice for the FRCA / Edition 2

The Physics, Clinical Measurement and Equipment of Anaesthetic Practice for the FRCA / Edition 2

by Patrick Magee, Mark Tooley


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A good knowledge of physics, measurement, and equipment is essential for practising anaesthetists. However, these subjects do present considerable problems because few anaesthetists have any background in physics. This book explains the physical principles and applications of physics in anaesthesia, and the statistical methods that anaesthetists are required to understand. The book includes sections on equipment and safety in anaesthesia, and electrical safety. Fully updated for the second edition, the book also includes new chapters on the depth of anaesthesia and on electrical safety.

The contents are based on the syllabus of the FRCA exam in mathematics, physics, clinical measurement, monitoring, and equipment. The book starts with mathematics, statistics and physics background, not only to enhance the understanding for what follows in the book, but also because these basic sciences are fundamental to many other aspects of medical science. Areas, which in the authors' teaching experience, candidates have found particularly troublesome, such as electricity and electrical safety, are discussed in some detail in order to clarify.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199595150
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Series: Oxford Specialty Training
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr Patrick T. Magee, Consultant in Anaesthesia, Royal United Hospital Bath and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Bath, UK

Dr Mark A. Tooley, Visiting professor of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, University of the West of England and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist (Medical Physics) at the United Bristol Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Table of Contents

1. Mathematics
2. Statistics
3. Background physics
4. Electricity, magnetism and circuits
5. Electronics and biological signal processing
6. Electrical safety
7. Behaviour of fluids
8. Thermodynamics: Heat, temperature and humidification
9. Solubility, vaporization and vaporisers
10. Ultrasound and doppler
11. Principles and standards of anaesthetic monitoring
12. Blood pressure measurement
13. Cardiac output measurement
14. Gas pressure, volume and flow measurement
15. Pulse oximetry
16. Respiratory and anaesthetic gas analysis
17. Blood gas analysis
18. Electrophysiology and electro-stimulation
19. Monitoring depth of anaesthesia
20. Pacemakers and defibrillators
21. Surgical diathermy
22. Gas supply, pressure regulators and the anaesthetic machine
23. Airway management devices
24. Aids to intubation
25. Breathing systems
26. Artificial ventilators
27. Intravenous pumps and syringe drivers
28. Environmental safety
29. Imaging and radiation
30. Sterilization and cleaning
31. Medical simulation

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