Basic Sciences

Essential Primer on Basic Sciences for the Anesthesia Written Boards

  • Monitors: Vascular Pressures (Arterial [Invasive/Noninvasive Differences], Central Venous (CVP),
    Pulmonary Arterial [PAP], Pulmonary Artery Occlusion [PAOP], Left Atrial [LAP], Left
    Ventricular End-Diastolic [LVEDP], Heart Function (Heart Tones, Electrocardiogram [ECG], Echocardiography, Doppler, Cardiac Output), Brain and Spinal Cord Function (Electroencephalogram [EEG, Raw and Processed], Depth of Anesthesia Monitors [Bispectral, Other], Evoked Potentials, Wake-Up Test, Intracranial Pressure [ICP], Jugular Venous Oxygen Saturation, Near Infrared Spectroscopy [Cerebral Oximetry], Transcranial Doppler), Mixed Venous Oxygen Saturation (SvO2)
  • Instrumentation: Cardiac Output (Fick, Dye Dilution, Thermodilution, Doppler, Impedance, Pulse Wave Analysis, Stoke Volume Assessment), Echocardiography (Technical Aspects, Complications), Coagulation Monitors, Ultrasound-Guided Placement of Invasive Catheters (Arterial, Central Venous) and NerveBlocks
  • Ventilators: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Positive End-Expiratory Pressure (PEEP), Nasal CPAP, Nebulizers, Humidifiers, Drug Delivery Systems (Nitric Oxide, Others)
  • Pacemakers: Temporary Transvenous, Permanent (Epicardial, Endocardial), Transcutaneous, Types (Fixed Rate, Biventricular Synchronized, Ventricular, Atrial, Atrio-Ventricular (A-V), Sequential, Standard Nomenclature, Reasons for Failure or Malfunction
  • Electrical: Fire and Explosion Hazards, Basic Electronics, Lasers, Laser Safety, Laser-Safe Endotracheal Tubes
  • Drug Delivery Devices: Patient-Controlled Intravenous and Epidural Analgesia, Epidural and
    Subarachnoid Continuous Drug Delivery Devices
Basic Sciences
Course Information
Dr. Michael Ho
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