CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 13122017

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:


Discuss the use of fluid bolus therapy in the intensive care unit. (100%)

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Fluid bolus therapy


a) Regarding Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES) (50%):

  1. List 4 important clinical features (10%)
  2. List 4 important risk factors (10%)
  3. Describe the diagnostic radiological findings (15%)
  4. Outline the principles of managment specific to this condition (15%)

b) Regarding external ventricular drain (EVD)-related ventriculitis (50%):

  1. Outline the difficulties in making the diagnosis in neurosurgical patients (25%)
  2. List the management options (25%)


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Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)



Regarding central line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI):

  1. Define CLABSI (20%)
  2. What incidence of CLABSI is considered acceptable in Australian and New Zelaand intensive care units? (10%)
  3. Outline measures related to the use and insertion of central venous catheters that help prevent CLABSI (70%)

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Central line infections and central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)

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