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So far Gabriel Heras has created 240 blog entries.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine endorses Proyecto HU-CI

22 December, 2017|

Hola a todos, my dear friends. Let´s celebrate one more time! We want you to join us! The Council of America Society of Critical Care Medicine officially granted yesterday its endorsement to Proyecto HU-CI, becoming the eleventh scientific Society of Intensive Care that trusts us and the first non-Spanish language. Very very proud of the tremendous multidisciplinary team that I [...]

Would we start talking about physical restraints in our ICU?

14 December, 2017|

Let´s celebrate!. A high impact journal as Intensive Care Medicine, starts talking in What’s new in Intensive Care about the use of physical restraints (PR) in critically ill patients.  Perhaps it could sound rare to affirm that the use of PR is a new issue, but the were no studies or references till very late years ago. It was really difficuld to [...]

The healing power of light

16 November, 2017|

ML was admitted in ICU six months ago with a severe Guillain-Barre syndrome. We knew she would stay many days with us since the beggining The first day she was intubated and connected to mechanical ventilation, and we did an early tracheostomy. Two months later, she started to recover slowly and we awoke, trying to facilitate to rest by night. Two [...]

ICU diaries: narrative without borders

14 November, 2017|

The task is not to remember everything but remember to act on the past. Memory is also a possibility of freedom - Matías Marchant.   April 2016, Boston, Massachusetts, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of Brigham and Women´s Hospital: - “I am looking for Sharon Levine, ICU diary´s Project. My name is Maria Varela, a cardiac nurse from Santiago de Chile”. This [...]

Main information requests of families in ICU

7 November, 2017|

Hola a todos, my dear friends. We are pleased again to share a new multicentric collaborative research coordinated by Proyecto HU-CI. Thank you all. The ahead of publication section of Medicina Intensiva  has recently published the article Main information requests of family members of patients in Intensive Care Units, directed brilliantly by José Manuel Velasco. Because one thing is what we tell the [...]

Surviving ICU: looking through family’s eyes

17 October, 2017|

Hola a todos, my dear friends. A new editorial in Medicina Intensiva signed by one of the members of Proyecto HU-CI (Mari Cruz Martin) and Abelardo García de Lorenzo. In this paper, authors talk about the postintensive care syndrome (PICS) incidence in patients and families. Family is another vulnerable population and many times we forget them. Their quality of life [...]

The beauty of scars

26 September, 2017|

There is a traditional art called kitsugi or kintsukuroi in Japan, which repairs broken ceramic objects with a strong adhesive and gold, silver or platinum powder. The philosophy behind this technique is the belief that when the piece has suffered some damage, that is something that is part of its history. To repair it in this way means not only [...]

When Humanisation in the clue of a bundle

23 September, 2017|

Actually, a bundle implementation as a practice which improve quality and safety in the attention of critically ill patients is normal. Scientific evidence about the measures taken demonstrate statistically that bundles are positive. But, what makes bundle ABCDEF  different from others? After participating for 2 days in an intense “ICU Liberation”  course organized by the SCCM and Vanderbilt Medical Center  and [...]

Are outpatient clinics justified in intensive care medicine?

21 September, 2017|

Hola a todos, my dear friends. We share today the point of view published in Medicina Intensiva by our mates from the ICU of Hospital Universitario La Paz about outpatient clinics in ICU. A half of the patients admitted in ICU could suffer from post Intensive Care Syndrome, with physical, psiquiatric or cognitive sequels. In this article, authors explain how they have started [...]

About prolongued mechanical ventilation and wills

19 September, 2017|

Eduardo Serra has just sent the article "Determinants of Receiving Palliative Care and Ventilator Withdrawal Among Patients With Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation" published in Critical Care Medicine. Until this article, no study has ever explored the willingness to receive palliative care or terminal withdrawal and the factors influencing willingness As all of you know, patients receiving prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) typically [...]