Graphic Anaesthesia, second edition

Essential diagrams, equations and tables for anaesthesia

Tim Hooper, James Nickells, Sonja Payne, Annabel Pearson, Ben Walton

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: May 29, 2023

Pages: 300 pages

ISBN: 9781914961304 Related titles: ,


Graphic Anaesthesia is a compendium of the diagrams, graphs, equations and tables needed in anaesthetic practice.

Each page covers a separate topic to aid rapid review and assimilation. The relevant illustration, equation or table is presented alongside a short description of the fundamental principles of the topic and with clinical applications where appropriate.

Now fully updated, this second edition contains 35 new topics, including significant additions to the drugs and equipment sections, and new sections on clinical prediction and anatomy related to regional anaesthesia.

The book includes main sections on:

  • physiology
  • pharmacodynamics and kinetics
  • physics
  • equipment
  • anatomy
  • drugs
  • clinical measurement
  • clinical prediction
  • statistics.

By combining all the illustrations, equations and tables with concise, clinically relevant explanations, Graphic Anaesthesia is therefore:

  • the ideal revision book for all anaesthetists in training
  • a valuable aide-memoire for senior anaesthetists to use when teaching and examining trainees.

From reviews of the previous edition:
Graphic Anaesthesia is a well-written, easy-to-read book, ideal for trainees studying for primary FRCA examinations… It will be an ideal companion for preparing for exams.” Ulster Medical Journal, May 2016
Graphic Anaesthesia is an excellent revision tool that allows trainees approaching exams to prepare in an efficient and simple format. It is a refreshing and unique resource that should be included on any essential revision reading list.” European Journal of Anaesthesiology 2016; 33: 610.
“The diagrams are very clear, the explanations accurate and concise and to pack 245 items into a small reference book is no mean feat…. Each diagram is drawn in just four colours to enable them to be reproduced easily from memory. This intuitive approach was an eye-opener to me and a valuable lesson in simplicity without losing any essential detail. This is something from which many educators could learn and indeed transfer that skill…This is a quality book that could be a useful investment across the spectrum of practitioners involved in anaesthesia and the teaching of anaesthesia.” Journal of Perioperative Practice March 2017, volume 27, issue 3

1.1 Cardiac; 1.2 Circulation; 1.3 Respiratory; 1.4 Neurology; 1.5 Renal; 1.6 Gut; 1.7 Acid–base; 1.8 Metabolic; 1.9 Endocrine; 1.10 Body fluids; 1.11 Haematology; 1.12 Cellular; 1.13 Immunity; 1.14 Muscle; 1.15 Pregnancy and paediatrics

2.1 Functional anatomy; 2.2 Anatomy for regional anaethesia

3.1 Clearance; 3.2 Compartment model – one and two compartments; 3.3 Compartment model – three compartments; 3.4 Dose–response curves; 3.5 Elimination; 3.6 Elimination kinetics; 3.7 Half-lives and time constants; 3.8 Meyer–Overton hypothesis; 3.9 Target-controlled infusions; 3.10 Volume of distribution; 3.10 Wash-in curves for volatile agents

4.1 Alpha 2 receptor agonists; 4.2 Anaesthetic agents – etomidate; 4.3 Anaesthetic agents – ketamine; 4.4 Anaesthetic agents – propofol; 4.5 Anaesthetic agents – thiopentone; 4.5 Local anaesthetics – mode of action; 4.6 Antigoagulants; 4.7 Antiemetics; 4.8 Antiplatelets; 4.9 Benzodiazepines; 4.10 Blood products; 4.11 Direct acting oral anticoagulants; 4.12 Intralipid; 4.13 Local anaesthetics – mode of actin; 4.14 Local anaesthetics – properties; 4.15 Neuromuscular blockers – mode of action; 4.16 Neuromuscular blocking agents – depolarizing; 4.17 Neuromuscular blocking agents – non-depolarizing; 4.18 Opioids – mode of action; 4.19 Opioids – properties; 4.20 Paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; 4.21 Reversal agents; 4.22 Tranexamic acid; 4.23 Volatile anaesthetic agents – mode of action; 4.24 Volatile anaesthetic agents – physiological effects; 4.25 Volatile anaesthetic agents – properties

5.1 Avogadro’s hypothesis; 5.2 Beer–Lambert law; 5.3 Critical temperatures and pressure; 5.4 Diathermy; 5.5 Doppler effect; 5.6 Electrical safety; 5.7 Electricity; 5.8 Exponential function; 5.9 Fick’s law of diffusion; 5.10 Gas laws – Boyle's law; 5.11 Gas laws – Charles' law; 5.12 Gas laws – Gay-Lussac's (Third Perfect) law; 5.13 Gas laws – ideal gas law and Dalton’s law; 5.14 Graham's law; 5.15 Heat; 5.16 Henry's law; 5.17 Humidity; 5.18 Laser; 5.19 Metric prefixes; 5.20 Power; 5.21 Pressure; 5.22 Raman effect; 5.23 Reflection and refraction; 5.24 SI units; 5.25 Triple point of water and phase diagram; 5.26 Types of flow; 5.27 Wave characteristics; 5.28 Wheatstone bridge; 5.29 Work

6.1 Bourdon gauge; 6.2 Clark electrode; 6.3 Damping; 6.4 Depth of anaesthesia monitoring; 6.5 Fuel cell; 6.6 Monitoring of neuromuscular blockade; 6.7 Oximetry – paramagnetic analyser; 6.8 pH measuring system; 6.9 Pulse oximeter; 6.10 Severinghaus carbon dioxide electrode; 6.11 Temperature measurement; 6.12 Thermocouple and Seebeck effect

7.1 Bag valve mask resuscitator; 7.2 Breathing circuits – circle system; 7.3 Breathing circuits – Mapleson's classification; 7.4 Bronchoscope; 7.5 Cleaning and contamination; 7.6 Continuous renal replacement therapy – extracorporeal circuit; 7.7 Continuous renal replacement therapy – modes; 7.8 Gas cylinders; 7.9 Glucometer; 7.10 Humidifier; 7.11 Intra-aortic balloon pump; 7.12 Laryngoscopes; 7.13 Oxygen delivery systems – Bernoulli principle and Venturi effect; 7.14 Piped gases; 7.15 Scavenging; 7.16 Ultrasound; 7.17 Vacuum-insulated evaporator; 7.18 Vaporizer; 7.19 Ventilation – pressure-controlled; 7.20 Ventilation – volume-controlled; 7.21 Viscoelastic tests of clotting

8.1 Mean, median and mode; 8.2 Normal distribution; 8.3 Number needed to treat; 8.4 Odds ratio; 8.5 Predictive values; 8.6 Sensitivity and specificity; 8.7 Significance tests; 8.8 Statistical variability; 8.9 Type I and type II errors

9.1 ASA classification; 9.2 Clinical frailty scale; 9.3 Cormack and Lehane classification; 9.4 Mallampati classification; 9.5 Scoring systems

Five-star reviews:

Recommended! "Great book with excellent diagrams. Very easy to understand. Missing topics such as immunity etc, but they don't lend themselves to very simple diagrams and you have to draw a line somewhere in what you choose not to include!" Amazon reviewer

Hidden gem "This was recommended by a friend who has passed the exams. This book is great for summary. So what I did was I read one of the other text books on the topic and this book helps direct me to how to answer during the exams" Amazon reviewer

Excellent book "Summarises key topics and shows clear pictures and graphs suitable for primary FRCA. Highly recommend and wished I'd have had it earlier in the exam process." Amazon reviewer

Excellent for OSCE viva "Excellent! Great diagrams to focus your Viva answers" Amazon reviewer

Five Stars "Excellent book for revision." Amazon reviewer

A must have book for primary FRCA "Clearly explains, with well drawn diagrams, many of the important aspects of the exam syllabus in a friendly, easy to read format." Amazon reviewer

Essential revision resource! "Clear diagrams and concise text with great layout. Brings together all the different areas of the curriculum into one book, which makes it ideal for Primary FRCA revision. I particularly like the anatomy section, this is something which is hard to find in in a useful format in other books. Lots of useful comparison tables. Wish I'd had it from the beginning of my revision!" Amazon reviewer

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