CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 31012018

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:


  1. What are the differences between viscoelastic haemostatic assays (such as TEG® and ROTEM®) and plasma clotting assays? (50%)
  2. Suggest a cause of the haemostatic abnormality, and appropriate therapy, for each of the thromboelastogram profiles a) to f) shown below:  (50%)

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Critically evaluate the role of corticosteroids as a therapy in septic shock (100%)

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Steroids in Sepsis



Outline your approach to the management of a 20 year-old man with Down Syndrome who ingested a large volume of drain cleaner and presents with throat pain, drooling and respiratory distress.

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