CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 10012019

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:


A 64-year-old woman underwent an uneventful Ivor Lewis esophagogastrectomy for esophageal adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction. On postoperative day 1, high chylous output is noted from the left chest tube.

Describe your approach to the management of this case. (100%)

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A 62-year-old woman has been admitted to hospital for investigation, giving a history of episodic facial flushing and diarrhoea, and fatigue. You are called to review her on the ward because she is hypotensive. Your examination shows features of right heart failure, with a tricuspid regurgitant murmur.

  1. What is the most likely diagnosis? (10%)
  2. List 2 biochemical laboratory investigations that help confirm the diagnosis. (10%)
  3. What hepatic abnormalities are likely to be present? (30%)
  4. Outline the therapies specific to her condition that may be indicated. (50%)

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It might be carcinoid…


Critically evaluate the role of proton pump inhibitors for stress ulcer prophylaxis in the ICU. (100%)

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PulmCrit- SUP-ICU: Is pantoprazole the elixir of life? Should it be?

The Bottom Line — SUP-ICU

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