Data interpretation






Clinical:

  1. An understanding of common blood gas abnormalities
  2. Simple tests of respiratory function
    • Peak flow measurement
    • Spirometry
  3. Other tests of respriratory function
    • Diffusion capacity
    • Flow volume loops
    • Pulmonary blood floe
  4. Electrocardiographs
  5. The electroencephalograph (EEG) and evoked potentials
  6. The electromyograph (EMG) and measurement of nerve conduction
  7. Interpretation of invasive and non-invasive cardiovascular monitoring – systolic, diastolic and mean arterial pressure
  8. Central venous pressure measurement
  9. Invasive pressure monitoring, including pulmonary artery catheters and interpretation of derived indices
  10. Methods of measurement of cardiac output and derived indices; limitations and interpretation
  11. Assessment of cardiac function
  12. A working knowledge of the following investigations:
    • Stress testing
    • Cardiac catheterisation
    • Echocardiography – transthoracic / transoesophageal
    • Radionuclide scan
  13. Intracranial pressure measurement
  14. Interpretation and errors of dynamic pressure measurements including systemic, pulmonary arterial and venous pressures , intracranial, intrathoracic and intra-abdominal pressures
  15. Exercise tests
  16. Interpreting fluid balance and other charts

Radiological (showing clear abnormalities):

  1. Chest radiographs – including relevant anatomy
  2. Films showing abdominal fluid levels/air
  3. Films showing long bone, skull, vertebral and rib fractures
  4. Principles of imaging techniques including CT, MRI and ultrasound. Doppler effect
  5. Simple CAT and MRI scans of head demonstrating fractures/ haemorrhage
  6. Neck and thoracic inlet films

Laboratory:

  1. Interpretation of biochemical data
  2. Haematology (including coagulation and sickle tests)
  3. Assessment of Renal Function
  4. Urea and electrolytes
  5. pH and blood gases
  6. Liver function tests
  7. Thyroid function

CEACCP 2006: OCTOBER
Paul Marval
SI units and simple respiratory and cardiac mechanics

CEACCP 2003: FEBRUARY
Chris M Allsager and Justiaan Swanevelder
Measuring cardiac output

CEACCP 2001: JUNE
I Moppett and M Shajar
Transoesophageal echocardiography

CEACCP 2005: AUGUST
Kyle Pattinson, Guy Wynne-Jones, and Christopher HE Imray
Monitoring intracranial pressure, perfusion and metabolism

CEACCP 2005: JUNE
James Wigfull and Andrew T Cohen
Critical assessment of haemodynamic data

CEACCP 2001: APRIL
David Hopkins and Les W Gemmell
Intra-abdominal hypertension and the abdominal compartment syndrome