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2023.2
15
Question 1
Evaluate the use of long-acting opioids in the treatment of acute pain.
Open
Pain Medicine
51.1%
Not Started
Question 2
Describe a perioperative pathway for hip replacement surgery with an expected in-hospital length of stay of less than 24 hours.
Open
Perioperative Medicine
SSU: Orthopaedic Surgery
60.0%
Not Started
Question 3
Discuss the management of a patient with life-threatening haemorrhage from major pelvic trauma.
Open
Resuscitation Trauma and Crisis Management
SSU: Orthopaedic Surgery
63.9%
Not Started
Question 4
Evaluate the usage of the pulmonary artery catheter in anaesthesia.
Open
Perioperative Medicine
SSU: Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Cardiology
62.2%
Not Started
Question 5

Open
Not Started
Question 6

Open
Not Started
Question 7

Open
Not Started
Question 8

Open
Not Started
Question 9

Open
Not Started
Question 10

Open
Not Started
Question 11

Open
Not Started
Question 12

Open
Not Started
Question 13

Open
Not Started
Question 14

Open
Not Started
Question 15

Open
Not Started
2023.1
15
Question 1
List the branches of the coronary arteries and the myocardial territories and structures they supply. Outline the ECG leads that correspond to the blood supply. Describe the ECG changes in a NSTEMI.
Open
SSU: Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Cardiology
Perioperative Medicine
48.9%
Complete
Question 2
Outline the immediate management of an unconscious trauma patient in the ED who has a suspected cervical spine injury.
Open
Resuscitation Trauma and Crisis Management
65.5%
Not Started
Question 3
A 30 yo pt is scheduled for laser resection of a subglottic mass to relieve mild stridor. Justify your intraoperative anaesthetic management of this case.
Open
SSU: Head and Neck ENT Dental Surgery and ECT
74.0%
Not Started
Question 4
Discuss the periop management of a previously well pt presenting for transsphenoidal resection of a non-secretory pituitary macroadenoma.
Open
SSU: Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology
25.6%
Incomplete
Question 5
An 82 yo patient is booked for excision of a floor of mouth squamous cell carcinoma and neck dissection, with a radial forearm free flap reconstruction. Discuss the issues relevant to the intraop anaesthetic management for this procedure.
Open
SSU: Head and Neck ENT Dental Surgery and ECT
Perioperative Medicine
62.8%
Not Started
Question 6
Discuss the implications of anticoagulation as well as an appropriate anticoagulant management strategy for a 25 yo with a mechanical valve for the duration of pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period.
Open
SSU: Obstetric Anaesthesia and Analgesia
43.9%
Incomplete
Question 7
Describe your technique to provide caudal epidural analgesia for an infant weighing 10kg undergoing hypospadias surgery.
Open
Regional and Local Anaesthesia
SSU: Paediatric Anaesthesia
43.9%
Not Started
Question 8
A 56 yo patient with a phaeochromocytoma is scheduled for a lap adrenalectomy. Justify your preop investigations for this patient (30%).
Discuss your goals for preop optimization and how to achieve them (70%).
Open
Perioperative Medicine
SSU: General Surgical Urological Gynaecological and Endoscopic Procedures
78.9%
Complete
Question 9
Justify strategies used to mitigate postop delirium in an elderly patient requiring hip fracture fixation.
Open
SSU: Orthopaedic Surgery
General Anaesthesia and Sedation
65.9%
Complete
Question 10
Describe the innervation relevant to the stages of labour (30%). Evaluate the regional analgesia options for each stage (70%).
Open
SSU: Obstetric Anaesthesia and Analgesia
60.1%
Complete
Question 11
Outline the major considerations for organ donation after circulatory death (DCD).
Open
SSU: Intensive Care
51.6%
Incomplete
Question 12
Outline the circumstances where the dosing of paracetamol requires modification (50%). Describe the management principles of paracetamol toxicity (50%).
Open
Resuscitation Trauma and Crisis Management
Pain Medicine
56.1%
Complete
Question 13
Data regarding the conduct and outcomes of anaesthesia are now widely collected eg National Anaesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). Outline the benefits and the potential errors that can occur when using this data for research.
Open
Safety and Quality in Anaesthetic Practice
44.4%
Not Started
Question 14
Discuss the preoperative elements of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program for a patient requiring major colorectal surgery.
Open
Perioperative Medicine
SSU: General Surgical Urological Gynaecological and Endoscopic Procedures
62.3%
Complete
Question 15
Identify the axes A and B (with units), and the points labelled C through H on the following spirometry loop:
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Outline how these spirometry parameters change in:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Extrathoracic tracheal obstruction
Open
Perioperative Medicine
75.8%
Complete
2022.2
15
2022.1
15
2021.2
15
2021.1
15
2020.2
15
2020.1
15
2019.2
15
2019.1
15
Question 1
What are the issues associated with jet ventilation?
Open
Airway Management
62.0%
Not Started
Question 2
A 60-year-old woman is having breast reconstruction surgery using a deep inferior epigastric perforator free flap six months following a mastectomy for breast cancer.
Discuss the issues of anaesthetic management relevant for this procedure.
Open
General Anaesthesia and Sedation
SSU: Plastic Reconstructive and Burns Surgery
49.0%
Not Started
Question 3
List the causes of increased perioperative morbidity and mortality in surgical patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. (30%)
Outline the principles of perioperative management of these patients (70%)
Open
Perioperative Medicine
47.1%
Not Started
Question 4
A 9-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is scheduled to undergo bilateral femoral varus derotation osteotomy and adductor lengthening.
Outline the challenges of providing effective postoperative analgesia for her surgery and discuss the analgesia options available.
Open
SSU: Paediatric Anaesthesia
35.6%
Not Started
Question 5
A 61-year-old man presents with a large haematemesis. He has known alcoholic liver disease and sedation is requested for an urgent gastroscopy.
Outline your peri-procedural concerns
Open
General Anaesthesia and Sedation
69.2%
Not Started
Question 6
Describe your responsibilities as the anaesthetist before you leave your patient in the post anaesthesia care unit (PACU). (50%)
Your patient has been in the PACU for an hour. The nurse asks you to change the discharge criteria so the patient can be discharged to the ward.
Discuss your decision making process following this request. (50%)
Open
General Anaesthesia and Sedation
34.1%
Not Started
Question 7
Interpret this arterial blood gas (ABG)
Justify any additional information you would require to complete your interpretation
Describe a clinical situation which may explain this ABG
Open
Perioperative Medicine
58.7%
Not Started
Question 8
A patient with a previous spinal cord injury presents for ureteric stenting. Discuss the pathophysiology of autonomic dysreflexia. (50%)
Describe the intra-operative manifestations and subsequent management of autonomic dysreflexia. (50%)
Open
SSU: Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology
54.8%
Not Started
Question 9
List the factors associated with increased mortality following rib fractures. (30%)
Describe a comprehensive rib fracture management plan. (70%)
Open
Resuscitation Trauma and Crisis Management
68.3%
Not Started
Question 10
These are the blood results of a 65-year-old man scheduled for a revision total hip replacement.
Interpret these results. (30%)
How would you manage this patient preoperatively? (70%)
Open
Perioperative Medicine
47.6%
Not Started
Question 11
Define frailty and discuss the role of prehabilitation for patients with frailty.
Open
Perioperative Medicine
54.3%
Not Started
Question 12
A 30-year-old woman who is 28 weeks pregnant has been referred to your tertiary high-risk obstetric clinic. She has complex cyanotic heart disease and now functions with a Fontan circulation.
How would you stratify her cardiovascular risk? (30%)
What are the relevant anaesthetic issues for this patient? (70%)
Open
SSU: Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Cardiology
SSU: Obstetric Anaesthesia and Analgesia
68.3%
Not Started
Question 13
Outline your approach to the perioperative management of a patient who gives a strong family history of von Willebrand disease.

Open
Perioperative Medicine
61.5%
Not Started
Question 14
Describe the principles that are important in making clinical research ethical.
Open
Safety and Quality in Anaesthetic Practice
62.5%
Not Started
Question 15
Discuss your considerations when anaesthetising a patient for functional endoscopic sinus surgery.
Open
SSU: Head and Neck ENT Dental Surgery and ECT
64.9%
Not Started
2018.2
15
2018.1
15
2017.2
15
2017.1
15
2016.2
15
2016.1
15
2015.2
15
2015.1
15
2009.1
1

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