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Patients and doctors choose Compassion

2019-08-02T18:56:30+00:008 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

2019-08-02T18:56:31+00:007 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

2019-08-02T18:56:31+00:006 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

2019-08-02T18:56:31+00:001 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

2019-08-02T18:56:32+00:0031 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?

2018-02-20T10:15:23+00:0027 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

2019-08-02T18:56:37+00:0022 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?

2019-08-02T18:56:37+00:0014 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

2017-11-16T07:38:37+00:0016 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

2019-08-02T18:56:42+00:0014 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 [...]