How To Interpret ABG’s How to read an ABG. Make your own proforma and follow it for every ABG. Do ABG’s again, and again, and again, and again. Learn your formulae and practice the arithmetic. You do get it in the end.
ABG VAQ’s Every ABG VAQ known to man. You should have done each one at least once. You should have done each ACEM ABG at least three times.
HyperK fact sheet
HyperNa fact sheet
HypoK fact sheet
HypoNa fact sheet
Respiratory acidosis fact sheet
Respiratory alkalosis fact sheet
Metabolic acidosis fact sheet
Metabolic alkalosis fact sheet
NaHCO3 fact sheet
Other metabolic derangements fact sheet
Vascular Fact Sheets
There are very few vascular MCQ’s, which is nice.
Trauma Fact Sheets
Trauma VAQ’s are found in the other topic pages, depending on the system injured.
Know your QTc and QRS prolongers. Know the criteria for diagnosing tricyclic antidepressant overdose based on ECG findings. Remember sodium bicarbonate.
Resuscitation Fact Sheets
Clearly there are resuscitation MCQ’s and VAQ’s, but they tend to be related to another topic and hence are found there.
The document above includes mostly CXR’s. For the ABG’s, see the Written Examination Resources section.
The College kindly spares us the trauma of having to complete O+G VAQ’s, but unfortunately the same can’t be said for Urology…
Renal and Urology VAQ’s
PreHospital and Disaster Fact Sheets
PreHospital and Disaster SAQ’s
There are prehospital MCQ’s, but they’re usually about triage of casualties.
I don’t have any VAQ’s – theoretically they could show you a picture of a mushroom cloud and ask how quickly you would run in the opposite direction…
Paediatrics Fact Sheets
I haven’t split the Paediatric VAQ’s from the adult – pure laziness, I know.
It’s describe, describe, describe. Concisely describe comminution, angulation, displacement, rotation, open/closed, presence/lack of foreign bodies…