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The Clinical Anaesthesia Viva Book [Paperback]

Simon J. Mills , Simon L. Maguire , Julian M. Barker
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1 Dec 2001
The Final FRCA examination is an essential qualification for every anaesthetist wishing to practice anaesthesia as a consultant in the UK. Several books deal with the written and basic science viva component of the FRCA Final, but none deal specifically with the clinical case/scenario part of the viva examination. This book has been designed to fill this gap and offers not only well-researched, relevant and carefully constructed scenarios (both long and short cases), but also invaluable advice on preparation for the clinical vivas, based on the authors' recent experience.


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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (1 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521676959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521676953
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 729,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although the book is aimed at anaesthetists at Registrar level who are taking the final FRCA examination, there is much the anaesthetic nurse and Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) can gain from reading this book. The book follows the format of the clinical viva, which consists of a long case and three short case scenarios. Each scenario contains questions the candidate is likely to be asked, and the ideal answer. Consisting of three chapters, the book is user friendly. The first chapter has useful examination hints for sitting a viva. Chapter 2 contains sixty-one short case scenarios. These are listed in alphabetical order, ranging from abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture to latex allergy and culminating with Wolfe Parkinson White syndrome. Chapter 3 comprises of the long case scenarios, which are more in depth with more critical data given for interpretation. This would be a useful book to have as part of an operating department's library collection, where nurses undertaking the ENB 182 and ODP students or indeed qualified anaesthetic staff could sit down and work through some of the scenarios. From doing this they would extrapolate the equipment they would need and the role they would take. It is important that anaesthetic nurses and ODPs understand the "why" behind what they are doing, this gives them greater skills in anticipating the needs of the patient. As a teacher I could see myself using this book to test the knowledge of my students at the end of lectures on related topics. Overall I think this is a good book to dip in and out of. This is another book for those studying for the FRCA examination. The authors are specialist registrars in anaesthesia on the North West of England rotation and, as such, they bring a practical note to the text of this book. The aim of the book is to enable the reader to pass the viva section of the final Fellowship examinations. The first chapter, "Preparation for the Clinical Viva" was written so vividly that it filled me with the horrible memories of the time between the written paper and the viva exams. The authors suggest that the best method of studying during this short period would be to "sit around in armchairs, cups of tea in hand, discussing anaesthetic topics, far preferable to the textbook and solitary desk lamp at midnight scenario",. The book lists clinical cases that can be discussed between colleagues practising for vivas. In addition, it gives a lot of information on key topics that can be assimilated during the viva practice. The first chapter also has an excellent section on how to categorize information for the viva exam and how to perfect the viva technique. As an examiner, my job would be much easier if all candidates followed this advice! Chapter 2 consists of 60 short case scenarios. These ask common clinical questions, such as "How do you assess a patient's airway prior to anaesthesia?"; a structured answer is given with key points highlighted in boxes. These examples were well organised with a lot of useful clinical information and well-chosen key points. The format is similar to that of other successful books of this type, such as the Key Topics series. Each topic has one or two up-to-date, easily assessable key references. The third chapter deals with the long cases and I rather like the way these are titled, for example "The one about the man for a total hip replacement with a history of previous DVT ". There then follows a brief history, details of clinical examination and relevant investig --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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No other book deals specifically with the clinical case/scenario part of the viva examination. This book has been designed to fill this gap and offers not only well-researched, relevant and carefully constructed scenarios, but also invaluable advice on preparation for the clinical vivas, based on the authors' recent experience.

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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT NOW! 25 Jun 2002
By bernmc
Format:Paperback
This is a SUPERB aid to the FRCA clinical viva - I was asked nothing that was not covered in the book, and some VIVA questions matched it exactly.
As well as concise information, the book has excellent advice on answering the VIVA questions, catagorising answers etc.
A must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant work 30 Jun 2009
By vivav74
Format:Paperback
They say "only a student can understand another student". These two SpR's from North West rotation have just done the same. I am sure they must have gone through hard time when they were preparing for their exam; and thats why they have manage bring out a gem in the form of this book. Its marvellous, brilliant and outstanding. They have done their homework well and know what is expected of them when they wrote this book. It gives that precise and important clinical information the examiners expect from the candidates. No time wasting tactics. To be specific, I liked their way of presentation when you are asked in the the long case of your exam, "Can you please summarise your case?".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clinical anaesthesia book, great value 14 Dec 2011
By Lidbet
Format:Paperback
Prompt delivery, excellent condition. Could barely tell it had been used at all. I'm sure this book passed me the exam - it has a really good and realistic long case section. Essential final frca read
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4.0 out of 5 stars book 9 Nov 2009
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It took a bit longer than expected , but overall satisfied.Condition of the book was good.Thanking you very much
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