CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 13092017

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 issues concerning spontaneous breathing during mechanical ventilation in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

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Outline the specific therapies used in the management of:

  1. phaeochromocytoma (25%)
  2. myxoedema coma (25%)
  3. hypercalcaemia (25%)
  4. carcinoid syndrome (25%)

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With respect to the Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS):

  1. a) Outline how you distinguish between GBS and Critical Illness Polymyoneuropathy (CIP) (50%)
  2. b) What are the current treatment options in GBS? Briefly outline the supporting evidence (20%)
  3. c) What is the prognosis of GBS and what factors are associated with a worse outcome? (30%)


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