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

Read other sections by using the navigation bar on the right side of every page. 

 Primary FRCA Syllabus

Anaesthetic equipment and safety

Function and use of related anaesthetic and resuscitation equipment….

Q. Primary OSCE question

Candidate is shown a 'McCoy-style' laryngoscope during an OSCE: what are the main features of this piece of equipment and what other forms of blade exist?

 Final FRCA Syllabus


 Trainees will be expected to demonstrate knowledge consistent with post-Primary FRCA examination training under the following headings: Anaesthetic equipment


The Laryngoscope
Components of the laryngoscope
Laryngoscopy technique
Single-use laryngoscope blades
Training videos
Handle decontamination guidance
Laryngoscope Case Studies

Laryngoscope blades

Macintosh blade
Polio Macintosh blade (1950s)
Magill blade (1926)
Miller blade (1941)
Wisconsin blade (1941)
Flexible tip blade (McCoy style)
Laryngoscope systems

Aids to intubation

Magills forceps
Yankauer sucker
Forrester spray


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