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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 [...]

A matter of space

28 March, 2017|

There are increasingly more Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) that involve the family in the care of the newborn. But lack of space is one of the main problems encountered in the units when carrying it out. To provide a family of "their space", a place where to enjoy intimacy and privacy can turn completely the hard experience as it passing through [...]

A hospital like an alive tree

28 February, 2017|

Lady Cilento (LCCH) is a children hospital in Brisbane (Australia), and its design proyect started with the join of the Pediatric Units of Royal and Mater hospitals to get LCCH as the reference pediatric center. To meet the design, architects studied how hospitals were thought from the 1980s to the present day. After that study, they concluded that the design was [...]

Our second home

1 February, 2017|

Intensive care units are spaces where there is a fast and furious rhythm work and this causes stress to healthcare professionals. There are many factors that cause it, and one is the environmental and physical environment. Humanised architecture not only focuses on patients or relatives creating spaces that transmit them the warmth of a 'temporary home', transforming the traditional waiting rooms [...]

Humanised infrastructure in the ICU. A challenge within our rearch

29 December, 2016|

Vicente Gómez  and Mónica Ferrero have published  the next article in the last number of Enfermería Intensiva. Our friends and members of Proyecto HU-CI develop the concept of humanised infrastructure: and ICU that provides the best physical and environmental well-being for patients, professionals and families. Spaces that are functional, efficient, ergonomic, comfortable, warm and friendly... and take care of all users to enhance their experience. Humanised infrastructure could have a good economical impact, besides the [...]

PICU Aladina: the IC-HU of children

23 December, 2016|

In February 2015 we talked about the project by Aladina Foundation to reform the paediatric ICU (PICU) of  hospital Niño Jesús de Madrid. The new unit is now a reality! It has opened its doors on December 14th. The new Aladina-Juan Casado PICU has materialized through donations, with the spot “Achuchones Solidarios”  and  more than half of the cost of [...]

Beyond the wall. By José Carlos Igeño

25 November, 2016|

Her name is Cristina and she is 36 years old. And she says that having this landscape opposite has helped her a lot, because in moments in which she was scared or suffering, it was not the same having opposite a wall or a beautiful landscape. And to look at the mountains relaxing and helping her to sleep. She told [...]

The healing power of senses. By Mónica Ferrero

27 October, 2016|

A comfortable and warm environment is essential to assist the patient in his/her recovery. In addition to a careful infrastructure there are elements which can help to create a more friendly environment.Our senses cause psychological and physiological reactions in our body, which can be very beneficial to promote the healing. SIGHT: LIGHT and COLOR "Color is a perception in the [...]

The first living room of the Spanish ICU. By Mónica Ferrero

1 October, 2016|

A few months ago I did a proposal to improve the stay of families in the ICU:   "Changing waiting rooms for living rooms" The Hospital Universitario de Torrejón and the IC-HU Project got in touch with me to make this change. It was for my all an honor that the first Hospital interested in taking this step is the [...]

BE GREEN, BE HUMAN by Mónica Ferrero

16 July, 2015|

Have you realized that you need contact with nature and green spaces?.Surely you know that it is a vertical garden, or perhaps you have a mini urban garden at home where you've planted some vegetable or herb. You have incorporated into your vocabulary words like sustainable, eco-friendly, or you like to buy plants and flowers for your home.It's something that [...]