CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 22062016

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

Q1. (CICM SAQ 2013.1 Q17)

List the pharmacological characteristics of phenytoin, and outline how these impact on its clinical use.

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Q2. (CICM SAQ 2013.1 Q7)

Discuss the role of noradrenaline in the management of hypotension post cardiac surgery.

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Regarding subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH):

  1. Define the following terms (30%):
    1. vasospasm
    2. delayed neurological deterioration
    3. delayed cerebral ischaemia
  2. When does vasospasm typically occur post-SAH? (10%)
  3. Outline the possible therapies for vasospasm post-SAH (60%)

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