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Animal-Assisted Therapy: Emotion and Science

2019-08-02T18:56:15+00:0018 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 [...]

Proyecto HU-CI in NEJM Catalyst

2019-08-02T18:56:20+00:006 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 [...]

24-h extended visiting policy reduces ICU delirium

2019-08-02T18:56:20+00:003 April, 2018|

Our mates and friends of Centro Hospitalar Unimed de Joinville in Santa Catarina (Brasil), leaded by Dr. Glauco Westphal  have just published in Intensive Care Medicine the letter Effect of a 24-h extended visiting policy on delirium in critically ill patients. Absence of relatives has been suggested as a potentially modifiable risk factor for delirium and anxiety in the ICU. In this study, theyaimed to evaluate the [...]

Early mobilization in ICU: Yes we can!

2019-08-02T18:56:21+00:0022 March, 2018|

Today, ICU survival has gradually increased thanks to technical and technological advances focused on providing vital support to critically ill patients. While traditionally the quality measurement in our enviroment has focused on mortality, there has recently been a change in vision: the functional status and quality of life after admission to the ICU are also important. This is why it [...]

The fly

2019-08-02T18:56:26+00:001 March, 2018|

When she told me about her ICU stay, I was surprised with her first phrase: "That ICU, you know, was scary". Fear? I know that ICU and it´s not scary, it´s new and is quite well. She tells me that she was not treated badly at any time, but that ICU was very much scary for her. Her eyes are [...]

Burnout, boreout and compassion fatigue on the ICU

2019-08-02T18:56:26+00:0027 February, 2018|

In a recent article by Kompanje, “Burnout, boreout and compassion fatigue on the ICU: it is not about work stress, but about lack of existential significance and professional performance”, three syndromes are described that can have the same result in health professionals: loss of the sense of work, demotivation for daily work, and apathy and lack of compassion for patients [...]

The Practice of Respect in ICU

2019-08-02T18:56:27+00:0022 February, 2018|

Although RESPECT and DIGNITY are intuitive concepts, little formal work has addressed their systematic application in ICU. So, Samuel Brown an a multidisciplinary group of relevant experts have done a review of the literature and collaborative discussions focused on the practice of Respect in ICU. The article has been recently published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care. Findings include: [...]

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 [...]

Main information requests of families in ICU

2019-08-02T18:56:42+00:007 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 [...]