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So far Gabriel Heras has created 366 blog entries.

Death and life are waiting for you

22 November, 2018|

Death is an inevitable fact, even if we try to delay it by all means. This process, being protagonists or companions, brings suffering. A group of people from different fields, health professionals and others with experience in the accompaniment of dying, want to accompany people at this stage of their lives. The Metta Hospice Foundation has just been born, a [...]

Patient and Family Centered Care in the ICU: Worldwide Exemplars

5 September, 2018|

Dear colleague, The World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM), an international organization of over 85 societies in over 75 countries of the world, conducted a survey earlier this year to collect information on patient and family centered care practices being implemented in ICUs.  A total of 345 responses were received from 40 countries. The results of the study identified varying [...]

#Healingwalks: protocol update

19 June, 2018|

A few years ago, we started going for a walk with ICU patients outside the unit, with the certainty that getting them out of those four walls was something positive. It is obvious that people are everyday in contact with the natural environment (sky, sun, pure air, nature) and the ICU admittance is unnatural because deprives us of the fundamental [...]

From head to toe

8 June, 2018|

On March, social networks were filled with photos of unpaired socks to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and as enunciated the slogan that accompanied the campaign: "Raise awareness of the difference and bet on inclusion." A few days ago, the colored socks again flooded our screens, this time with the hashtag #CrazySocks4Docs, aiming to draw attention to the problem of [...]

Nurses: the motor of the Humanization

3 June, 2018|

We could enjoy yesterday the article Supporting families improves communication and reduces ICU stay after an excelent research in NEJM, showing a family-support intervention leaded by nurses. So, the show must go on! Daniela Lamas has publicated the editorial Nurse-Led Communication in the Intensive Care Unit. Every day and from beside, nurses embrace and accompany millions of people around the world. [...]

Supporting families improves communication and reduces ICU stay

2 June, 2018|

On many occasions, the decision-making on the disabled and severely ill patients falls on the family. It is not easy to be in this situation: there are serious problems of communication that generate anguish in the family in the short and long term and can lead to unwanted treatments  by the patients, which carry suffering, therapeutic futility and elevated economic [...]

Time is never lost: ICU Diaries

22 May, 2018|

"I have no memories for myself. I didn't even realize I had been in a hospital. My family has been telling me. That time, for me it has not existed. " This is the testimony of Josefa Garcia, after being discharged from an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), as it is collected in an article recently published in the ABC journal [...]

Animal-Assisted Therapy: Emotion and Science

18 April, 2018|

We shared yesterday on our social networks the amazing pictures by Lili Mateus of Cele and Chiki in the ICU of Hospital General de Villalba (Madrid). As expected, the images became viral and thousands of people supported the initiative. For those who have not seen yet, we share them again: Judge yourselves: a clear example that a picture is worth a [...]

The H beyond the Healthcare System

17 April, 2018|

In recent years, other professions classically oriented to offer services, such as law practitioners, have been concerned about the health status of their professionals and the need to carry out specific actions aimed at improving their wellness. An study conducted in 2016 by the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in 13,000 lawyers, showed that between [...]

Proyecto HU-CI in NEJM Catalyst

6 April, 2018|

In December 2015, New England Journal of Medicine published the editorial Leading the Transformation of Health Care Delivery — The Launch of NEJM Catalyst. Health care delivery is in a period of historic transition: social capital seems to be the clue for institutions to improve trust, teamwork, reliability, fiability and the desire to innovate. To support the decision makers and clinical [...]