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Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

The Mobile Intensive Care Unit at JFK-Muhlenberg Campus - Advanced Life Support for the Community

JFK Health is committed to ensuring that the residents of Plainfield and surrounding communities have continued access to mobile advanced emergency medical care despite the proposed closing of acute care services at the JFK-Muhlenberg Campus.

The Muhlenberg Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) will remain stationed at the JFK-Muhlenberg Campus. The MICU is an “emergency room on wheels” and configured with much of the same medical equipment found in an emergency room, providing pre-hospital advanced life support for patients.

The Muhlenberg MICU is a non-transport unit that is staffed by specialty trained paramedics and mobile intensive care nurses who are capable of administering life-sustaining drugs, applying electrical defibrillation, establishing Intravenous Therapy and utilizing advanced airway skills at the scene of an emergency. It is certified by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services.

Presently, the JFK-Muhlenberg Campus has two paramedic units on duty to provide advanced life support coverage to the 11 communities in JFK-Muhlenberg’s primary service area. The units, which are in service 24 hours/day, seven days a week, work in conjunction with the local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to add to their basic life support services. Patients are then transported via the EMS Squad to JFK Medical Center and other hospitals for continued care.

When an emergency telephone call is placed to 911, the trained dispatcher gathers relevant information and determines what resources are needed. These resources may include Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances staffed by your town’s local ambulance squads and Advanced Life Support (ALS) personnel provided by the nearest hospital-based MICU.