CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 01112017

As prepared by Chris Nickson, here are the practice written questions from a recent CICM Second Part exam practice session at The Alfred ICU, with recommended reading from’s Critical Care Compendium and other FOAM sources:


Critically evaluate the ‘Open Lung Approach’ to mechanical ventilation. (100%)

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Open Lung Approach To Ventilation


A 60 year-old man is admitted to the ICU post-operatively after a right-sided pneumonectomy.

  1. List the physiological consequences of pneumonectomy (50%)
  2. Describe appropriate management of intercostal catheters post-pneumonectomy, including the rationale where appropriate. (50%)

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Discuss the factors that facilitate an effective ICU ward round as well as the potential barriers. (100%)

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ICU Ward Round

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