The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is a 8-bed tertiary referral center for patients with complex medical critical care problems. Diseases diagnosed and managed on this service include respiratory failure due to ARDS, pneumonia, COPD, asthma, neuromuscular diseases, shock, major pulmonary embolism, congestive heart failure, acute and chronic renal failure, upper and lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage, severe pancreatitis, liver failure, life-threatening infections, acute cerebral infarction, intracranial hemorrhage, and status epilepticus. The MICU also provides critical care services for the UPMC Toxicology Program.
Patients in the MICU are cared for by two physician teams, each consisting of a PACCM faculty member, a fellow, resident and intern. Fellows closely oversee the management of critically ill patients by the medical house staff and also gain extensive experience in airway management, endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, central venous catheterization, hemodynamic monitoring, pleural catheter and thoracostomy tube insertion, and bronchoscopy.