CICM First Part Exam Practice SAQs 26102018

Here are the practice questions from today’s written exam practice session led by Chris Nickson at The Alfred ICU, with recommended quick reference resources (but don’t forget to study the recommended texts!):


  1. Explain the principles underlying acid-base chemistry (50%)
  2. Describe the measurement of pH in blood using a pH electrode (50%)

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Describe the chemistry of buffer mechanisms and explain their relevant roles in the body.

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Q3. (from CICM Second Part exam 2014.1 Q24)

  1. Briefly explain the concept of the quantitative approach (Stewart’s approach) to acid-base analysis. (50%)
  2. How does the quantitative approach classify acid-base disturbances? (50%)

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CICM First Part Exam Syllabus

  • J1: Acid Base Physiology
  • J2: Acid Base Measurement

You can access all the previous practice questions since 2015 here:
See this link on INTENSIVE for exam resources:

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