Indiana University Health LifeLine provides critical care ground transport in Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU). MICUs bring the nationally recognized IU Health standard of critical care to patients by providing a skilled team and advanced technologies. Some of these advanced features include:
- Size – The larger size of the MICU can carry up to four skilled clinicians and patient on board a transfer. This enables us to bring specialized transport teams based upon patient need. The larger size also provides the ability to carry additional medical equipment needed for life-saving procedures, such as liquid oxygen, high frequency ventilator, isolette and ventricular assist device (VAD).
- Amenities – Many pediatric critical care transports are done by ground transportation. To make children and families feel more comfortable, MICUs may have a DVD player or other features.
- Generator – A diesel generator provides hospital level electrical power back-up during transports.
Our EMTs, along with the rest of the IU Health LifeLine team, must have a high-level of focus and stamina to drive MICUs for long-distance transports. While a typical ambulance may only pick up patients in a 20-minute radius, our critical care transport frequently drives four or more hours during patient transports.