Viva 8

A 30-year-old man has presented to the Emergency Department with a single stab wound to the Left anterior upper chest. You have been called to see him to review him for an HDU admission, and arrive just as the Emergency department registrar has intubated him for agitation. As you enter, you hear the call for assistance from the only other doctor in the department, the emergency department registrar, who is bagging the unconscious patient.

Please assess and manage the immediate priorities

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.