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Final syllabus: Clinical measurement

Created: 23/8/2004
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.

Assessment of respiratory function
Assessment of cardiac function, including echocardiography
The electroencephalograph (EEG) and evoked potentials
The electromyograph (EMG) and measurement of nerve conduction
Principles and practice of in vitro blood-gas measurements.
Interpretation of biochemical data
Interpretation and errors of dynamic pressure measurements including systemic, pulmonary arterial and venous pressures, intracranial, intrathoracic and intra-abdominal pressures
Methods of measurement of cardiac output and derived indices; limitations and interpretation
Principles of imaging techniques, including CT, MRI and ultrasound, and Doppler effect
Interpretation and errors of capnography, oximetry and ventilatory gas analysis

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