CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 22032017

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:


Critically evaluate the use of chloride-rich crystalloid solutions (e.g. normal saline) for fluid therapy in the critically ill.

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Regarding infectious endocarditis:

  1. List 8 findings on physical examination (20%)
  2. Discuss the role of echocardiography in making the diagnosis (40%)
  3. Outline the specific therapies required for successful treatment (40%)

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You have been referred a patient from the emergency department. He is a 35-year-old man who has presented unconscious (GCS 3) with fixed dilated pupils after drinking ‘homemade moonshine’ the previous day.

His initial arterial blood gas (FiO2 0.3) shows:

pH             6.8
PaCO2        40 mmHg
PaO2          80 mmHg
HCO3           6 mmol/L
Na             138 mmol/L
K                5.5 mmol/L
Cl              105 mmol/L
Glucose       12 mmol/L
Lactate          7 mmol/L

He has been intubated and is haemodynamically stable (HR 90/min, BP 110/70 mmHg, no vasopressors).

Outline your management over the first 24 hours.

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