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The Practice of Respect in ICU

22 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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Respect to the privacy in ICU. By María Rojas

13 September, 2016|

The main priority of the patients and families who suffer critical illness is recover the state of health, relegating to a second flat in the most of the occasions the emotional welfare, even their own privacy and in many cases, accepting that they can´t choose in their "role" of sick persons. Disease threatens two fundamental pillars of human dignity: privacy and autonomy. The dependence [...]