CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 01062016

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


You are called to assist with the management of a 35 year-old man who presented to the emergency department with a generalised tonic clonic seizure. Seizure activity has been continuous for 20 minutes despite midazolam 10mg IM prehospital, a further 10mg IV midazolam in ED and commencement of an 18 mg/kg IV phenytoin infusion.
Outline your approach to the management of this case.

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Compare and contrast pressure-controlled ventilation with volume-controlled ventilation. Include relevant flow/pressure/ volume versus time curves in your answer.

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Deranged Physiology — Control variables: Pressure and Volume


A 30 year-old man presented to the emergency department 4 hours after a witnessed snakebite. He is alert, orientated and haemodynamically stable. His bite wound is oozing through a bandage on his right foot. His initial blood results show:

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Outline your approach to management of this patient.

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