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Question 1: What is the MOST beneficial outcome due to staffing the ICU with 24 hours intensivist coverage?

  1. Decrease in the ICU operating cost

  2. Reduced mortality of patients

  3. Reduced nursing utilization

  4. Decreased burnout of the physicians


References: Crit Care Med (1999); 27:270-274 Am J Respir Crit Care Med. (2007); 176(7): 685–690. Ann Surg 2006;244: 545–554

Question 2: A 64-year-old male with pre-existing hypertension underwent unilateral surgery to relieve carotid stenosis.He has non-significant medical history and works as a librarian. After the successfully completed surgery, he suffers from severe postoperative headache. This headache MOST likely results from:

  1. Caffeine withdrawal

  2. Impaired microcirculation

  3. Propofol withdrawal syndrome

  4. Neurogenic edema


References: Journal of Vascular Surgery Volume 49, Issue 4, April 2009, Pages 1060–10681. Hinchey J, Chaves C, Appignani B, et al. A reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. N Engl J Med. 1996;334:494–500.


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