CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 06092017

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:


Outline the differential diagnosis of thrombocytopaenia in an intensive care patient, and your approach to investigation. (65%)

What are your thresholds for administering platelets for thrombocytopaenia in different clinical situations? (35%)


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Discuss the assessment and management of an ICU patient who has growth of Aspergillus fumigatus from a sputum culture.

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Outline your approach to the management of a pregnant 25 year-old female (34/40 gestation) with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to Influenza A infection.

She is intubated and receiving FiO2 0.9 and pressure-controlled ventilation (Pi 20 cmH20, PEEP 15 cmH20). She weighs 65kg (BMI 25).

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Influenza and Pregnancy


Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

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