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The Primary ( ) and Final () FRCA examinations require an extensive knowledge of both simple and advanced tests of coagulation. We have therefore written a new educational resource section on thromboelastography (now known as rotation thromboelastometry). The tutorials have been tailored to the FRCA syllabus and we have also added some past questions relevant to these topics.

Read other sections by using the navigation bar on the right side of every page. 

 Primary FRCA Syllabus

Preoperative assessment

Interpretation of relevant preoperative investigations, plasma electrolytes, haematology, disturbances of acid/base status, ECG, X-rays, pulmonary function tests and clotting abnormalities


Q. Primary OSCE Question

What information can be gained from Thromboelastometry monitoring? What are the advantages of this test?


 Final FRCA Syllabus

Intensive Care Medicine

 Haematological Disorders to include coagulopathies … 

Q. Final Viva Question

How would you manage a massive transfusion. What tests of coagulation are you aware of?

Articles on thromboelastometry

Thromboelastometry monitoring
Technique of thromboelastometry
Interpretation of thromboelastometry tracings
Uses of thromboelastometry
Normal thromboelastogram
Overview of thromboelastometry interpretation


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