OSCE 8

Procedure station:   Candidates were expected to provide a systematic approach to the principles of insertion and management of a Minnesota tube.

The scenario provided was as follows:
A 50-year-old man, with a history of cirrhosis due to hepatitis C and known gastroesophageal varices, is admitted to the Intensive Care Unit with massive haematemesis and melaena from the endoscopy suite.

Fifteen out of twenty-eight 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.