CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 16092015

Here are the practice questions from this week’s written exam practice at The Alfred ICU, with recommended reading from’s Critical Care Compendium:


Critically evaluate the role of corticosteroids as a therapy in septic shock

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This device is a double lumen endotracheal tube:

Carlens Double Lumen tube

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  1. List the indications for the use of this device in ICU patients (30%)
  2. Describe how this particular device is used to achieve selective lung ventilation (40%)
  3. List the problems associated with the use of double lumen tubes and selective lung ventilation (30%)

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You are referred a 35 year-old male from the emergency department. He was discovered by friends in a semi-comatose state and surrounded by empty pill packets. He weighs 70kg and may have ingested up to 100g of enteric-coated sodium valproate at an unknown time.

Outline your approach to the management of this case.

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