ICU Unit Project Overview

Hospital Enhancement

ICU equipment The project provided a four bed ICU in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Cancer Hospital of Ho Chi Minh City. The hospital is the only facility available in the southern half of the country to treat children with cancer. Prior to the completion of this project, the hospital has no pediatric ICU facility. The incidence of children with certain childhood cancers is higher than in any other regional Asian countries, which doctors attribute in part to gene disorders resulting from the use of dioxins (Agent Orange) during the Vietnam War.

Hospital Geographic Coverage

The hospital is the largest cancer treatment center in the southern half of Vietnam, serving a population of 50 million. The ICU units are servicing the critically ill children. The biggest challenge for the doctors is keeping children alive following treatment. The establishment of the ICU significantly improves their chances of survival. Treatment of childhood cancer is one of the great success stories of medicine in the past 30 years. In developed countries, up to 3 out of 4 children can expect a cure. That is our goal for Vietnam.

Expected Health Care Improvement

Treatment of childhood cancer is one of the great success stories of medicine in the past 30 years. In developed countries, up to 3 out of 4 children can expect a cure. That is our goal for Vietnam.

Equipment Maintenance

The Cancer Hospital of Ho Chi Minh City own, maintain, operate and secure all items purchased and installed for this project. The hospital administration makes contact with a local medical maintenance service provider to maintain help in the procurement of any spare parts, needed for maintaining the equipment. Assist International helps with equipment that might be difficult to obtain in Vietnam.

Personnel Training on Equipment

equipment maintenance The Cancer Hospital of Ho Chi Minh City own, maintain, and operate all the equipment provided by this project. Assist International helps with equipment that might be difficult to obtain in Vietnam.

Hospital Room Preparation

Building modifications were required to accommodate the four ICU units. This work was financed and managed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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