Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

The medical intensive care unit (MICU) at Henry Ford Hospital is the largest in Michigan with 68 beds. Our MICU patients are cared for by specially trained physicians, board certified in critical care medicine in addition to board certification in pulmonary medicine, nephrology, or emergency medicine. Called medical intensivists, these specialty critical care physicians are trained to care for the most serious illnesses and life-threatening medical conditions, such as sepsis. Multidisciplinary team rounding each day and a special high-tech electronic patient monitoring system provides minute-to-minute close medical care for every ICU patient at Henry Ford Hospital.

Daily multidisciplinary ICU patient rounds

Each patient's care team in the MICU includes a specialized group of trained critical care experts: registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, and physical therapists, as well as the specialty physicians. Led by the medical intensivists, the ICU care team meets as a group with each ICU patient every day to review and update the patient's management care plan. This serves to facilitate all care provided to the patient and to keep members of the team alert to the activities of other team members. Patients are assigned to one or at most two nurses for close watch and care throughout their stay in the MICU.

ICU patient safety measures

Henry Ford Hospital ICU teams have worked tirelessly for patient safety. One of our goals involves the elimination of hospital-acquired infections, such as catheter-related bloodstream infection or ventilator-associated pneumonia. Close watch and following patient safety processes have resulted in many successes including:

  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections have been virtually eliminated.
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia rates declined by nearly 90% since 2005 after instituting care processes specifically designed to reduce this type of acquired pneumonia.
  • Mortality rates at Henry Ford Hospital have declined to 1.72% (down from 3.03% in 2004, a significant reduction).

Henry Ford patients can rest assured that ICU teams and all other unit teams work every day to assure patient safety from hospital-acquired infections. We aim to give our patients the highest quality medical care.

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