CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 21092016

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


The following questions refer to life-threatening haemorrhage and its management.

  1. Define the following terms: (30%)
    1. Critical bleeding
    2. Permissive hypotension
    3. Damage control surgery
  2. List the complications of aggressive fluid resuscitation with crystalloid in patient’s with haemorrhagic shock (40%)
  3. What is the recommended platelet target in a patient for whom a massive transfusion protocol has been activated? (10%)
  4. Outline the role of Factor VIIa in patients with life-threatening haemorrhage (20%)

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Critically evaluate the role of decompressive hemicraniectomy for malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) ischaemic stroke

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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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