The Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) at Burjeel Medical City (BMC) cares for adult patients who are critically ill and in need of intensive and high-dependency care. Our multidisciplinary team consists of primary care physicians, physician intensivists, specialty physician consults, critical care trained registered nurses, advanced practice nurses (APNs and CNSs), RN case managers, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and spiritual care providers who provide high standards of critical care to patients who have sustained a life-threatening injury, illness, or condition and require continuous monitoring and assessment, immediate intervention, and prompt treatment. The AICU has 22 beds split into three adjacent clinical areas: the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Intensive Care (CVTS-ICU), with six beds in the main area and two isolation side rooms, and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), with six beds in the main area and one isolation side room, the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) with six beds and two isolation side rooms. The provision of these services is offered for three criteria: Life support, Monitoring, and Concentrated Nursing Care. Furthermore, our AICU serves as a transitional unit to the emergency room and the general nursing units for patients and families based on admission and discharge criteria for utilizing this specialized level of care. We also received recognition for treating many unstable COVID-19 patients during the first wave of the pandemic in the UAE. We managed to sustain a 30-bed capacity for many months.



Critical Conditions

Acute Kidney Injury

Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Intracerebral Brain Hemorrhage

Sepsis or Obstetric Emergencies 

Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma 

Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia 


Life Support 

Cardiac Pacing 

Intracardiac Monitoring 

Pre/Post-Transplant Care 

Heart Rhythm Monitoring 

Continuous Pulse Oximetry

Frequent Neurological Exams

Intracranial Pressure Monitoring

Fixed-Dose Vasopressin Infusions

Hourly Intake and Output Measurements

Vasopressor Titration and Volume Infusions

Central Venous Pressure Monitoring for Fluid Management

Frequent Vital Sign Checks (In Times of Instability, Post-Procedure, or High-Risk Interventions)

Regional Citrate Anticoagulation (RCA) in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)

Monitoring Physiological and Psychological Measurements(for Drug and Alcohol Use Patients or Metabolically Unstable Patients)

Renal Replacement Therapy (for ICH (Intracerebral Hemorrhage) and AKI (Acute Kidney Injury) Patients)

Regional Citrate Anticoagulation for CRRT (RCA-CRRT)

Advanced Mechanical Ventilation Using a High Level of Positive End-Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) or Modifications in the I: E Ratio

Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring

Mechanical and Non-Invasive Ventilation Methods

Central Line Access and Monitoring for Fluid Status and Medication Management

Hypothermia Interventions and Monitoring for Cardiac Arrest Protocols

Titration and Monitoring of Vasoactive, Sedative, Paralytic, and Analgesic Medication