Arterial Blood Gases. Examples included metabolic acidosis with respiratory alkalosis, mixed respiratory and metabolic acidoses, mixed respiratory and metabolic alkaloses, and respiratory acidosis with metabolic alkalosis. A list of abnormal findings was requested (including abnormalities in pH, ie. acidaemia or alkalaemia), as was a possible aetiology. Nine out of twelve candidates passed this section
Disclaimer: the viva stem above may be an original CICM stem, acquired from their publicly available past papers. Or, perhaps it is a slightly altered version of the original CICM stem. Or, it is a completely original viva stem, concocted by the monstrously amoral author of Deranged Physiology for nothing more than his own personal amusement. In either case, because the college do not make the main viva text or marking criteria available, almost everything here has been confabulated. It might sound like a plausible viva and it could be used for the purpose of practice, but all should be aware that it does not represent the "true" canonical CICM viva station.