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So far Gabriel Heras has created 376 blog entries.

Redesigning the information room

20 February, 2018|

When a patient is admitted in the ICU, family members want to stay with this relative and know how he/she is. The information about the patient evolution is an encounter between family and staff. This encounter is essential for families, and we should humanize the enviroment where it happens, because: Patient has the right about confidentiality of the state of [...]

Patient and professional experience: two sides of the same coin?

13 February, 2018|

Patient experience, pacient centered care, the evaluation of user´s satisfaction... are essential variables for the evaluation of the quality of care, but are they two sides of the same coin?. Does achieving patient satisfaction (face) require the sacrifice of the professional (cross)? Nowadays, there is a concept of the company's environment that is increasingly extending to more areas, including the [...]

Patients and doctors choose Compassion

8 February, 2018|

HealthTap, a health technology company serving millions worldwide with its Health Operating System (HOPES™) powered by a network of 108,000 doctors and Artificial Intelligence, released a report that revealed that compassion is more important than cost to patients (and doctors) when ranking doctors. In a climate where cost and access are often cited as key priorities among healthcare consumers and providers, [...]

Music as therapy in the ICU

7 February, 2018|

Reciently, the section What´s new in Intensive Care of Intensive Care Medicine journal has published Adjuvant therapies in critical care: music therapy. The authors reflect on the increasing introduction of music in the ICU, with the aim of reducing patient anxiety and pain. They explain the differences between patient-directed music interventions and music therapy, with different objectives and basically lies [...]

The Pause

6 February, 2018|

The medical Pause is a practice implemented after the death of a patient. This practice offers closure to both the medical team and the patient. It is a means of transitioning and demarcating the brevity and importance of this moment. Through silence this shared event is able to be honored and marked by a multicultural medical staff. Silence allows individuals [...]

Psychiatric symptoms after acute respiratory distress syndrome

1 February, 2018|

The article Psychiatric symptoms after acute respiratory distress syndrome: a 5-year longitudinal study, has been recently published in Intensive Care Medicine  by the group of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The authors had the purpose of characterizing the psychiatric symptoms presented by patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) over five-year follow-up, using the Anxiety and Depression scale Hospital scales (HADS) and [...]

Opening windows in the ICU

31 January, 2018|

Daylight does not only have obvious time limits, also it does not reach confined spaces in hospitals. Our group is testing virtual ilumination solutions in dark boxes where natural light cannot be possible, to provide artificially illumination and views comparable to real windows and skylights. In the ICU of Clínica INDISA Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago de Chile, with 80 [...]

To care is human…What about caring the caregiver?

27 January, 2018|

New England Journal of Medicine has recently published the article To Care is Human- Collectively Confronting the Clinician- Burnout Crisis. This publication describes the alarming problem of burnout among health care providers. Burnout generates depression and an increase in the frequency of suicide among staff. Besides the negative impact on health professionals and their families, burnout generates an inefficient system, increasing [...]

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 [...]