MEDICAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (MICU)
WVU Hospitals’ Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is a 28-bed unit that provides acute care for critically ill adult and geriatric patients. The unit is located on J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital’s fifth floor. Our highly trained, multidisciplinary staff works together with other hospital specialists to achieve the best patient outcomes possible. The care of our MICU patients is directed by pulmonary intensivists specializing in critical care medicine.
What We Do
Our Medical Intensive Care team provides care to critically ill patients with conditions related to the lungs, kidneys, liver, blood, and varying acute infections. Each year, the MICU team treats more than 750 severely ill patients using a collaborative approach to care. This multidisciplinary team is equipped with the expertise required to care for the wide array of illnesses and complex conditions seen in the MICU.
The MICU is staffed by attending physicians who provide continuous coverage with assistance from fellows and residents. Our team of MICU nurses have received advanced training in critical care nursing, and many have received additional degrees and certifications.
What to Expect
The MICU is a patient-centered ICU. As such, families are welcome at their loved one’s bedside daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., enabling family members to spend quality time in the patient’s room. In the event of an emergency, a MICU nurse will update the family to provide information and reassurance.
Patients (to the extent they are able) and their families participate in all discussions and decisions about their care. Because of the variety of conditions and illnesses in the MICU, length of stay can vary from periods of hours to months.