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Airway Equipment

The Primary () and Final () FRCA examinations require an extensive knowledge of equipment. We have therefore written a new Airway equipment resource section.  The tutorials have been tailored to the FRCA syllabus and we have also added some past questions relevant to these topics.


 Primary FRCA Syllabus


Anaesthetic equipment and Safety

  Airways, tracheal tubes, tracheostomy tubes, laryngeal masks, oxygen therapy equipment,…

Q. Primary OSCE Question

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a Laryngeal Mask Airway? How many times may it be reused?


 Final FRCA Syllabus

Clinical Measurement

  The Final examination assumes knowledge of the Primary FRCA examination syllabus, with the addition of more sophisticated measurements. There is an emphasis on clinical applications of clinical measurement, such as indications, practical techniques and interpretation of acquired data. Candidates will be expected to understand the sources of error and the limitations of individual measurements…

Intensive Care Medicine

 Candidates must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of practical invasive procedures, with an understanding of the principles and hazards involved, and the interpretation of data from such procedures... 

Q. Final Viva Question

Explain how you would perform a percutaneous tracheostomy. Illustrate your answer, provide a labelled diagram of the anatomy.

Click on the list below for your tutorial of interest.

Pages within this equipment section

Oxygen therapy
Guedel airway
The Laryngeal Mask
i-gel supraglottic airway
Advantages and disadvantages of airway humidification
Physiology of airway humidification
Methods of humidifying inspired gases
Percutaneous tracheostomy
The Gum Elastic Bougie
Underwater chest drain
Double lumen endobronchial tubes
Soda lime
Endotracheal tubes
Complications of endotracheal intubation
Catheter mounts-EGBAT
Intersurgical Airway Equipment


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