Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Team members at the MICU take pride in serving our community, and the greater region, by combining cutting-edge critical care with advanced technology to provide compassionate care to our patients.

Location:
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
2nd floor, Myrin Building 
51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 662-9600

About The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

The MICU at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) is located on the 2nd floor of the Myrin Building. The MICU can be accessed via the MICU elevators. Our unit consists of 12 beds and a multidisciplinary team of experts in medical critical care.

Team members present during daily rounds include:

  • Attending physician 
  • A hospitalist
  • A critical care nurse 
  • A critical care pharmacist

Additional team members include:

  • Certified nursing assistants
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers and palliative care experts

In the Medical Intensive Care Unit, approximately half of our critically ill patients require life support, which may include medications to maintain blood pressure, hemodialysis to support kidney failure, or the use of a mechanical ventilator to support breathing during respiratory failure. Common conditions treated in the MICU include:

  • Lung problems (respiratory failure)
  • Infections (sepsis or septic shock)
  • Heart or vascular problems (shock or deep vein thrombosis)
  • Kidney problems (acute or chronic renal failure)
  • Other problems with your organs
  • Chronic critical illness

If you have additional questions about team members working in the MICU, please visit our FAQ page

Patient Services Offered:

  • 24-hour visiting policy for friends and family
  • Patient and family centered rounds
  • Family meetings
  • Family presence during procedures
  • Quiet time to promote a healing environment
  • ICU diaries
  • Palliative care 
  • Spiritual support
  • Support groups for patients and family

Family Support

We consider family support a vital part of our patients wellbeing during their stay in the MICU. MICU team members will work closely with our patients and their loved ones to provide the best care during their stay and recovery. The MICU team will also work with caregivers to make sure they receive proper communication regarding the patient during their stay in the MICU.

Telemedicine Monitoring 

Technology in the MICU may include telemedicine monitoring, known as Penn E-lert. This service is staffed by critical care physicians and critical care nurses. We use cameras and audiovisual communications as an extra layer of support across Penn Medicine ICUs to ensure the highest quality and safety.

Our Commitment to You

We are focused on obtaining the best outcomes for you, our patients. To that end, we recognize that engagement of your family and caregivers is essential to achieve this goal.

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