CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 22112017

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:


Critically evaluate the role of mechanical CPR devices in the management of cardiac arrest. (100%)

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Q2. (from (FCICM Second Part Exam 2013.2 SAQ 29)

A patient in the Intensive Care Unit develops complete heart block with hypotension and has a temporary transvenous pacing wire inserted.

  • a) Define the pacing threshold and describe how you would test and set it. (25%)
  • b) Describe how you would check the pacing sensitivity. (25%)
  • c) What is the purpose of setting the pacing sensitivity? (25%)

The bedside nurse informs you that the output has been increased markedly over the course of his shift to maintain capture.

  • d) What reversible factors might cause this problem? (25%)

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Compare and contrast these three toxidromes: serotonin syndrome, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and anticholinergic delirium. (100%)

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