Clinical Skills for
OSCEs has been a bestseller since it was first published in 2002. The clear
and concise writing style coupled with easy-to-follow line diagrams and
essential clinical photographs have made this book a firm favourite with
This new edition features contributions from over 30 current
students from medical schools across the UK, to ensure that the book remains
current and appropriate for the requirements of today's students.
The book has been fully revised and updated and includes 8
brand new stations: Blood cultures; Cognitive
testing; Dementia diagnosis; Weight loss history; Ophthalmic history; Choking; Imaging tests
explanation; Endoscopies explanation.
With over 120 stations in total, Clinical
Skills for OSCEs 5e continues to provide the essential skills and knowledge
for all of the key topics you will need to know at medical school.
I. GENERAL SKILLS
1. Hand washing; 2. Scrubbing up for theatre; 3. Venepuncture/phlebotomy;
4. Cannulation and setting up a drip; 5. Blood cultures; 6. Blood transfusion;
7. Intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intradermal drug injection; 8. Intravenous
drug injection; 9. Examination of a superficial mass and of lymph nodes
II. CARDIOVASCULAR AND RESPIRATORY
10. Chest pain history; 11. Cardiovascular risk assessment; 12. Blood
pressure measurement; 13. Cardiovascular examination; 14. Peripheral vascular
system examination; 15. Ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI); 16.
Breathlessness history; 17. Respiratory system examination; 18. PEFR meter
explanation; 19. Inhaler explanation; 20. Drug administration via a nebulizer
III. GI MEDICINE AND UROLOGY
21. Abdominal pain history; 22. Abdominal examination; 23. Rectal
examination; 24. Hernia examination; 25. Nasogastric intubation; 26. Urological
history; 27. Male genitalia examination; 28. Male catheterisation; 29. Female
30. History of headaches; 31. History of 'funny turns'; 32. Cranial nerve
examination; 33. Motor system of the upper limbs examination; 34. Sensory
system of the upper limbs examination; 35. Motor system of the lower limbs
examination; 36. Sensory system of the lower limbs examination; 37. Gait,
co-ordination, and cerebellar function examination; 38. Speech assessment
39. General psychiatric history; 40. Mental state examination; 41.
Cognitive testing; 42. Dementia diagnosis; 43. Depression history; 44. Suicide
risk assessment; 45. Alcohol history; 46. Eating disorders history; 47. Weight
loss history; 48. Assessing capacity (the Mental Capacity Act); 49. Common law
and the Mental Health Act
VI. OPHTHALMOLOGY, ENT, AND DERMATOLOGY
50. Ophthalmic history; 51. Vision and the eye examination (including
fundoscopy); 52. Hearing and the ear examination; 53. Smell and the nose
examination; 54. Lump in the neck and thyroid examination; 55. Dermatological
history; 56. Dermatological examination; 57. Advice on sun protection
VII. PAEDIATRICS AND GERIATRICS
58. Paediatric history; 59. Developmental assessment; 60. Neonatal
examination; 61. The six-week surveillance review; 62. Paediatric examination:
cardiovascular system; 63. Paediatric examination: respiratory system; 64.
Paediatric examination: abdomen; 65. Paediatric examination: gait and
neurological function; 66. Infant and child Basic Life Support; 67. Child
immunisation programme; 68. Geriatric history; 69. Geriatric physical
VIII. OBSTETRICS, GYNAECOLOGY, AND SEXUAL
70. Obstetric history; 71. Obstetric examination; 72. Gynaecological
history; 73. Gynaecological (bimanual) examination; 74. Speculum examination
and liquid based cytology test; 75. Breast history; 76. Breast examination; 77.
Sexual history; 78. HIV risk assessment; 79. Condom explanation; 80. Combined
oral contraceptive pill (COCP) explanation; 81. Pessaries and suppositories
IX. ORTHOPAEDICS AND RHEUMATOLOGY
82. Rheumatological history; 83. The GALS screening examination; 84. Hand
and wrist examination; 85. Elbow examination; 86. Shoulder examination; 87.
Spinal examination; 88. Hip examination; 89. Knee examination; 90. Ankle and
X. EMERGENCY MEDICINE AND ANAESTHESIOLOGY
91. Adult Basic Life Support; 92. Choking; 93. In-hospital resuscitation;
94. Advanced Life Support; 95. The primary and secondary surveys; 96.
Management of medical emergencies; 97. Bag-valve mask (BVM/'Ambu
bag')ventilation; 98. Laryngeal mask airway (LMA) insertion; 99. Pre-operative
assessment; 100. Syringe driver operation; 101. Patient-Controlled Analgesia
(PCA) explanation; 102. Epidural analgesia explanation; 103. Wound suturing
XI. DATA INTERPRETATION
104. Blood glucose measurement; 105. Urine sample testing/urinalysis; 106.
Blood test interpretation; 107. Arterial blood gas (ABG) sampling; 108. ECG
recording and interpretation; 109. Chest X-ray interpretation; 110. Abdominal
XII. PRESCRIBING AND ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS
111. Requesting investigations; 112. Drug and controlled drug
prescription; 113. Oxygen prescription; 114. Death confirmation; 115. Death
XIII. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
116. Explaining skills; 117. Imaging tests explanation; 118. Endoscopies
explanation; 119. Obtaining consent; 120. Breaking bad news; 121. The angry
patient or relative; 122. The anxious or upset patient or relative; 123.
Cross-cultural communication; 124. Discharge planning and negotiation.
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