And some more...

ARDS - Dr Adam Lowe

Airway issues in pregnant patient - Dr Ciara Armstrong

Aortic stenosis and aortic valve replacement (AVR) - Dr Danielle McGivern

Upper respiratory tract infection in paediatric daycase - Dr Blayne McCann

Carotid endarterectomy - Dr Jonathan Little

Nissen fundoplication - Dr Megan Lennox

Drowning - Dr Sarah McNichol

Intrathecal opioids - Dr Jonny Guy PENDING

Non-accidental injury - Dr Adam Lowe PENDING

Status epilepticus - Dr Jonathan Little PENDING

Stereotactic brain biopsy - Dr Ciara Crail PENDING

Anaesthesia and prematurity - Dr Ciara Crail PENDING





New set of SAQs uploaded

Happy New Year…

Lots of SAQs uploaded from last few months - let me know if you have submitted a question and you don't see it, it may have been overlooked.

CT transfer - Dr Jacqueline Malouf

Limb tourniquets - Dr Blayne McCann

Atrial fibrillation - Dr Danielle McGivern

Low flow anaesthesia and the anaesthetic machine - Dr Danielle McGivern

Thoraco-abdominal oesophagectomy - Dr Barry Campbell

Local anaesthetic toxicity - Dr Jonathan Little

Electrical hazards - Dr Ciara Crail

Rhabdomyolysis - Dr Megan Lennox

Intraoperative cell salvage - Dr Adam Lowe

Anaphylaxis - Dr Ciara Armstrong

Adrenal Physiology and steroids - Dr Roy Hiles

Thoracic anaesthesia - Dr Shona Chan

Elderly and cardiovascular co-morbidities - Dr Jonathan Dawson

The paediatric airway - Dr Jon Eady

Cross infection and theatre equipment - Dr Maureen Sweeney

Cerebrospinal fluid - Dr Jonathan McCarter

Magnetic resonance imaging - Dr Catherine Poots

Antiplatelet drugs - Dr Adam Lowe

Capnography - Dr Jonny Little

The coeliac plexus - Dr Ciara Armstrong

Awareness - Dr Sarah McNicol

Gynae oncology - Dr Jonny Guy

Perioperative haemorrhage - Dr Blayne McCann

Oxygen therapy and toxicity - Dr Jacqueline Malouf

Ultrasound and Doppler effect - Dr ?

Airway trauma - Dr Ciara Crail

Major haemorrhage - Dr Mike Jamison

Lower back pain - Dr Sarah McNichol

Mitral stenosis and pregnancy - Dr Barry Campbell

Testing spinal block in obstetrics - Dr Maureen Sweeney

Complex analgesic requirements - Dr Adam Glass

Perioperative management of diabetes and tympanoplasty - Dr Jon Eady

Orbital blocks - Dr Ariij Booley

Fat embolism syndrome - Dr Roy Hiles

Nutrition post gastrointestinal surgery - Dr Jonathan McCarter

Paediatric stridor - Dr Catherine Poots

Brainstem death and physiological change - Dr Jonathan Dawson

Regional anaesthesia for shoulder surgery - Dr Shona Chan

Management of pre-eclampsia - Dr Jonathan McCarter

First round of questions '17 uploaded

First set of SAQs uploaded. Let me know if any details are not correct.


Paediatric anaesthesia and day case dental surgery - Dr Maureen Sweeney

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and temperature control - Dr Adam Glass

Pain - definitions - Dr Catherine Poots

Neuroanaesthesia and posterior fossa craniotomy - Dr Philip Anderson

Critical incident - intra-arterial injection - Dr Jon Eady

Airway - NAP4 - Dr Ariij Booley

Cataract surgery and local anaesthesia - Dr AN Other

Preoperative anaemia - Dr Ciara Armstrong

Burns - inhalational injury - Dr Daniel McGivern

Fractured neck of femur and fascia iliaca block - Dr Jonny Guy

Post dural puncture headache - Dr Megan Lennox

Persistent postoperative pain - Dr Mike Jamison

PONV - Dr Blayne McCann









Intermittent website downtime

The site will be down intermittently for maintenance and updating over the coming months in preparation for the FRCA course 2017-18 beginning in October 2017.

I will endeavour to keep this to a minimum in view of candidates preparing for the upcoming Autumn sitting.

NI Final FRCA website

I am pleased to republish this website which is now funded by the NI School of Anaesthesia / Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency.

The writers' club that provides the majority of the SAQs archived on the site is run and organised by the registrars currently running the local course - Dr Tom Price and Dr Ciara Mitchell. This is provided as a free training service to the local Northern Irish anaesthetic FRCA candidates, and therefore participation is only available to local candidates.

It is available as free and open source medical education resource on the internet to interested parties, and I hope it will continue to remain popular. In order to ensure continued funding, it may be necessary in future years to introduce a small fee to allow access to archived SAQs and answers. The usage of the site will continue to be monitored to examine validity of this approach.

Analytics have shown that it is used frequently by FRCA candidates across the UK, and internationally, and engagement rate and time is high (particularly in the weeks-month before the exam…)

Any suggestions for further site development or corrections to questions are received gratefully - though as we are all working full-time these may take some time to be actioned!
The answers are provided by candidates and although we encourage referencing we cannot guarantee that all answers are completely factually correct.

The website itself is run and maintained by Dr C Shevlin, consultant anaesthetist/intensivist in Northern Ireland.