The increasing prevalence of patients living with cancer in conjunction with the rapid progress in cancer therapy will lead to a growing number of patients with cancer who will require intensive care treatment.
Critical care has become an important cornerstone in the continuum of modern cancer care. The main reasons for admitting a cancer patient to an intensive-care unit are:
Burjeel Hospital (Dubai) intensive care unit is a 10-bed closed unit with 24-hour intensivist coverage. It is equipped with the latest technology such as mechanical ventilators and bedside monitors that are needed in the monitoring and management of critically ill oncology patients. Two of the 10 beds are negative pressure isolation beds with the ability to convert to positive pressure rooms whenever a patient with anti-cancer treatment neutropenia needs admission to ICU.
The intensive care unit at Burjeel hospital (Dubai) is an essential part of the care of oncology patients and with the development of more effective oncologic therapies, advances in critical care, and improvements in patient selection, and increased survival of critically ill patients with cancer is expected.