Please find the following information for patients and visitors of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
To enter the MICU, please use the intercom located at the East or West entrance. If there is not a timely response, please use the telephone and dial extensions 77440 or 77441. The unit secretary will check with the nurse prior to opening the doors. We appreciate your patience.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is an academic medical center. Your MICU team is led by an attending ICU physician. Your team also includes trainees such as fellows (post-residency physicians who are training for a subspecialty), residents and medical students. Additionally, you will be cared for by critical-care nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, physical therapists, clinical pharmacists, social workers, case managers and any of their respective trainees. There may also be consulting subspeciality teams staffed similarly to the MICU team.
Seeing a loved one in the intensive care unit can trigger feelings of helplessness or distress. These feelings are normal. Do not be afraid to ask for help and identify people in your life who can be your support systems. Make time to rest, eat a proper meal and tend to your personal needs. Lack of self-care, especially through prolonged periods of stress, can hinder your ability to process the important medical information being shared with you. It is also important to prepare yourself for potential setbacks as a patient’s condition in the ICU can rapidly change — often described as an “emotional rollercoaster” by friends and family. While the patient may appear better some days, other days may be more difficult. Speak to your healthcare team about support groups and other family and caregiver resources at UCLA.
Families and healthcare providers in the ICU will sometimes need to make very difficult decisions. If a patient has a treatable or curable condition, the ICU team may use life support — different methods to support failing bodily functions — to help your loved one heal and recover. However, when the patient’s condition cannot be treated or cured, the use of life support may only extend the patient’s suffering. In these cases, you and your healthcare team will need to discuss the benefits of life support and make difficult decisions on prolonging or discontinuing its use.
It is important to remember to put the patient’s interests first, and sometimes this can mean stopping life support to focus more on comfort measures. In the case that the patient is not recovering, members of your ICU team can help transition your loved one from life-saving treatment to comfort care, palliative services or hospice-based services. For patients who are unfortunately unlikely to survive their hospitalization, we also provide a service called “3 Wishes” and more can be learned here: 3 Wishes Program >
Regardless of the prognosis, your healthcare team will make every effort to ensure that your loved is as comfortable as possible. We are committed to providing the best possible care to patients in our intensive care unit. It is a privilege to be taking care of your loved one.
Every day, the healthcare team meets to discuss the plan of care and daily goals for your loved one. This will occur early in the morning but the time may vary throughout the day depending on the team’s clinical duties. We encourage you to write down any questions or concerns you may have so that you are prepared to discuss them with the healthcare team. A notepad can be found in the patient resource folder.
Being discharged from the ICU is a huge milestone. However, there can be challenges in adjusting back to daily life. We created the Post-ICU Recovery Clinic at UCLA to help ICU survivors navigate this recovery journey.
Patients and families can share their stories at UCLA Health Connect.