Case of the Month #24 - respiratory failure

Published 01/02/2022

Key take home messages

  • The most common reason for ICU referral in a patient with Haematology malignancy is severe sepsis and respiratory failure
  • Disease specific prognosis is not a good indicator of ICU mortality
  • Historically, haematological malignancy patients had high mortality on ICU; however there has been a marked improvement in mortality in the past 10 years leading to recommendations for an ICU trial of up to 5 day