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“Doctor, am I going to die?”

28 October, 2016|

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends. "How to respond to an ICU patient asking if she/he is going to die": this is the title of the article published by Margaret Isaac and J. Randall Curtis online first last September in Intensive Care Medicine, as "What´s New in Intensive Care?". It is not easy at all to establish direct talks in [...]

The healing power of senses. By Mónica Ferrero

27 October, 2016|

A comfortable and warm environment is essential to assist the patient in his/her recovery. In addition to a careful infrastructure there are elements which can help to create a more friendly environment.Our senses cause psychological and physiological reactions in our body, which can be very beneficial to promote the healing. SIGHT: LIGHT and COLOR "Color is a perception in the [...]

Optimum soundscapes in hospitals: How do we get the acoustics right?

21 October, 2016|

I spent last night in a nice calm hotel in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. Working in the field of acoustics I always bring a tool to measure simple indoor climate parameters: light, humidity, temperature and of course sound pressure levels. In my room last night I measured 34 dB. I’ll get back to that... In Dec. 2005, the Journal [...]

From Móstoles to Porto, com-passion

20 October, 2016|

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends. Crazy and amazing week, for sure.After the exciting and intense day in the Course of Bioethics of Palencia, yesterday morning I did a rest to continue forward. In the afternoon, we started the course Compassion Cultivation Training. Every Wednesday for two months, Marisol Martínez and me are stopping and focusing on this Human tool. We [...]

Humanization, Science and Technology

18 October, 2016|

Hola a tod@s, my dear friends. "Humanization, Science and Technology" is the title of the XLIII Annual Conference of the Mexican College of Intensive Care Medicine (COMMEC) which is taking place from October 16th until next Saturday in the beautiful city of Veracruz. Dra. Mari Cruz Martín, current Vicepresident of the Spanish Society of Intensive care Medicine, Critical and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) [...]

Wonder hands. By Natalia Figueroa

15 October, 2016|

  July 2007 An annoying and deafening noise wakes me up.I try to open my eyes but a light blinded me. In my mouth a painful sensation that burns me inside. My cheeks feel adjusted to the pressure of something which fastened me around my face. I open my eyes with a huge effort. The noise does not stop. I [...]

Respected dignity. By Concha Zaforteza

14 October, 2016|

These days, the letter published in The New York Times by the writer Peter DeMarco has become viral. It is dedicated to the professionals of the ICU who cared for his wife the last week of her life. Laura Levis was 34 years old. If you have not read it yet, you can do so by clicking here. And when [...]

Uncertainties…By José Ramón Garmendia

13 October, 2016|

I usually say in my clinical practice that "It´s better a bad certainty that the best of the uncertainties...", mainly by the anxiety and uneasiness that doubt, indecision and dilema create. Our own uncertainty. When a patient comes into any consultation, the physician doubts. Doubts about the expectations of the patient, the requests, the clinical diagnosis. Doubts about if test [...]

There are noises that we can´t avoid, but we can control them. By Roi Arias

11 October, 2016|

According to an European study made in collaboration with the Swedish Universities of Gothenburg and Borås, patients admitted in intensive care units are subject to levels of noise that exceed the recommended by the WHO for such spaces. The results have been collected under the title: "Noise in the ICU patient room – Staff knowledge and clinical improvements" Patients were asked [...]

Living well until the end

8 October, 2016|

Hola a todos, mis queridos amigos. Today is October 8th, and we celebrate the Worldwide and Hospice Palliative Care Day, and although I'm not very friend of "The global day of...", we all should be support this issue because is very interesting for all. Just a month ago, the Spanish Society for Palliative Care (SECPAL) presented its Palliative Care Awareness [...]