CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 10052017

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


  1. List the features which distinguish diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) from the hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state (HHS). (40%)
  2. Describe your specific treatment for a 62-year-old female presenting with a decreased conscious state secondary to HHS. (60%)

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CICM SAQ 2014.1 Q17

Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Hyperosmotic Hyperglycaemic Syndrome (HHS)


Critically evaluate the role of early mobilisation in intensive care patients.

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Mobilisation in the ICU


You are asked to review a 38-year-old woman in the emergency department who has presented with progressive dyspnea over 3 weeks. She arrived from the USA one month ago. She is alert and haemodynamically stable. She has a high anion-gap metabolic acidosis with pH 7.0, urea 50 mmol/L and creatinine 1,500 μmol/L.

Describe your approach to assessment and management over the first 24 hours.

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Acute Kidney Injury

End-Stage Renal Failure

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