CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 28102015

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


a) Regarding Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES): (50%)

1) List 4 important clinical features?

2) What are 4 important risk factors?

3) What radiological findings are diagnostic?

4) What are the principles of management?

b) Regarding external ventricular drain (EVD)-related ventriculitis: (50%)

1) Outline the difficulties in making the diagnosis in neurosurgical patients

2) What are the management options?

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What is your approach to the management of a fire in the ICU?

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You attend a MET call on the ward for a 25 year-old man with acute respiratory distress. He has a tracheostomy tube in situ and was discharged from ICU 2 days prior.  He was in ICU for 14 days following acute traumatic traumatic brain injury. He had no other injuries. There is no hemoptysis or bleeding from the tracheostomy site.

Outline your approach to the management of this patient including how you would address tracheostomy-related problems.

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