RICU is a newly commissioned high-level intensity intensive care unit, purposely built to care for patients with infectious and respiratory diseases safely. It is a state-of-the-art unit, well equipped to manage infectious diseases such as COVID-19, MERS -CoV, TB, and all airborne transmitted illnesses.

All rooms are negative pressure rooms with integrated negative pressure monitoring ensuring maximum safety by decreasing the possibility of exposure to health workers and without compromising care for the patient. It is also the primary unit for the ECMO "Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation" program. It was set up to manage severely compromised patients with respiratory failure who can no longer be managed safely with conventional ventilatory support alone.

RICU is equipped with staff skilled to manage all acuity and scope of ICU patients to care for any patient with a respiratory infection or complex respiratory needs. The multidisciplinary team in RICU consists of ICU consultants, critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, clinical nutritionists, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, and social workers to provide the highest level of care to critically ill patients and their families.

Families play a vital role for patients in (RICU). The medical team communicates with families regularly through face-to-face or video calls. Several quality improvement projects are performed in the respiratory ICU to improve the care of patients.