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

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Primary FRCA Syllabus

Physiology and Biochemistry

Principles of lung ventilators

Q. Primary Viva Question

What ventilator do you use at your hospital? Can you classify it and explain how it works?

Final FRCA Syllabus

Intensive Care Medicine

Ventilators and modes of pulmonary ventilation...

Q. Final Viva Question

Discuss the various modes of ventilation that can be used for critically ill patients.

Ventilation articles

History of ventilation
Volume-controlled ventilation
Pressure controlled ventilation
Physiological effects of ventilation
Physiology of ventilation
V/Q relationships
Respiratory effects of ventilation
Systemic effects of ventilation
Ventilatory strategies for special conditions
Indications for HFOV
HFOV techniques
Non-invasive ventilation
Liquid ventilation
Ventilation references
Oxylog Simulation
Principles of ventilation


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