You have just reviewed a 40-year-old man, who was in a motor vehicle accident, in the Intensive Care Unit. He has been admitted for optimization of analgesia and non-invasive ventilation for several rib fractures.
You are about to enter a relatives’ room to speak to his wife, Jennifer. Jennifer is alone in this room and has just finished speaking with one of the nursing staff. The nurse has left the rook and told you that Jennifer, who is the third trimester of a normal pregnancy, was not in the car at the time of the accident.
When you enter the room, you find Jennifer lying on the floor.
The viva focused on practical and theoretical aspects of basic and advanced life support in the pregnant patient.
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.