KeY Figures

20 staff members 389 admissions in 2010 2,090 ambulatory emergencies in 2010


FielD, technologies anD MethoDs

invasive mechanical ventilation Nearly 15% of cancer patients (namely those with haematological mali- gnancies, neutropaenia and/or bone marrow transplantation) will suffer acute respiratory failure, requiring intensive care treatment.

non-invasive ventilation This has been used increasingly by the Unit during the last decade and is today considered to be the best initial treatment for several types of respiratory failure occurring in patients with compromised immune systems.

continuous veno-venous haemodiafiltration 7% of admissions to the Unit are due to renal failure and about 5% of patients treated require continuous veno-venous haemodiafiltration for acute renal failure. The Unit has two continuous renal replacement machines.

emergency room The Unit is also responsible for outpatients who present with an emergency condition related to cancer.

Missions Handling critical complications of cancer and its treatment Administering and monitoring intensive anticancer treatment Treating acute diseases, such as myocardial infarction and

asthmatic crisis, possibly unrelated to the cancer or its treatment Monitoring postoperative recovery

DePartMental organisation The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team includes 3 senior physicians, 2 physicians in training,

1 head nurse, nursing staff, 1 secretary and 1 physiotherapist. The ICU has a capacity of 6 single and 1 double-occupancy rooms equipped with en-suite bathrooms.

The Unit is flexible to allow for adaptation where required to ensure the best possible management of individual patients’ cases. Patients’ rooms provide optimum privacy without compromising intensive surveillance. Laminar air flow and filter systems make it possible to isolate patients whose conditions so require.

Each patient is closely monitored. Critical care facilities such as mechanical ventilation, renal replacement therapy and haemodynamic monitoring are available at each bed. Blood pressure is measured by a non-invasive system incorporated into each bedside monitor.

A physician is present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Head of Unit may be called at any time, along with attending physicians and other specialists.

The ICU also includes a room for ambu- latory medical emergencies.

Eveline Markiewicz Intensive Care Nurse

Dr Anne-Pascale Meert Internist

Prof Jean-Paul Sculier Internist, Head of Department