Overview of the Program

The Critical Care Transport (CCT) program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi moves patients safely between healthcare facilities, using dedicated vehicles and staff specialized in medical transport. As well as operating within Abu Dhabi, the CCT program ensures safe patient transfers between locations throughout the United Arab Emirates.

The Critical Care Transport Process

Critically ill patients requiring advanced or highly specialized treatments will often need to be transferred from the hospital where they were initially diagnosed to a more specialized facility at another location.

At these times, the Critical Care Transport (CCT) team provides the knowledge and expertise to ensure the patient’s condition remains stable, and treatment continues uninterrupted, throughout the journey. Highly skilled staff continuously monitor and assess patients, ensuring the highest standards of care during the time spent outside the hospital environment. CCT Caregivers are fully prepared for each patient’s individual needs, in the unique conditions of a medical transfer.

Transport Equipment Specifications

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s CCT department uses a specially-configured ambulance for patient transfer between medical facilities. The equipment in the ambulance is customized according to the transport environment, medical requirements, and to meet specific weight and size requirements of the patient. The ambulance is equipped with adjustable mounts to ensure a wide range of equipment can be fully secured and made available for use during the transfer.

Program Caregivers

The CCT team includes staff with highly specialized skills, working together under the guidance of the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Emergency Medicine Institute. Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:​

  • Registered nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Emergency Medical Technicians​

The CCT process is guided by direct communication between the sending and receiving physicians to determine each patient’s requirements during the transfer. The CCT team assumes full responsibility for the care of the patient to provide safe, effective and specialized care.


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