ICU patients who are stable go out for a walk around the Cordovan hospitalAfter the pandemic, an outing every three weeks has gone to one dailyThe Clinic congratulates more than 160 patients who have been hospitalized for yearsWhen every minute counts, time it becomes eternal. And that’s what happens in an Intensive Care Unit. Cristina López knows it well. This intensivist doctor works between all those endless minutes of the ICU of the Reina Sofía Hospital in Córdoba: “Here it is not like in other units that the doctor comes by twice a day.” No. Here the doctor is pending 24 hours a day. Many of Cristina’s patients spend months in the ICU. “Those who are asleep don’t know, of course,” says the doctor. In that case, it is the relatives who carry the burden of worry. “However, when they are awake, they get overwhelmed…they are afraid that something bad is going to happen to them,” says Cristina. They are 24 hours a day for months locked up in the ICU and that leads many patients to a lack of motivation that works against them. This is how the Reina Sofía rides are born. “In many centers they take patients out of the ICU to designated areas such as hospital terraces,” she tells us. The problem is that in Córdoba there is no physical place to take them inside the hospital. The solution was to get them out on the street. “We go to a side area of the hospital, a garden area with flowers,” explains Cristina. They stay there for a while, a few minutes that also count and with which time also becomes eternal. They are not alone on the walk. There are hospital staff and a family member accompanies him. “Most of them get emotional and cry,” says Cristina, who has already experienced many of these walks, “and since they leave they are thanking you.” Upon returning something has changed. They come back calmer and more motivated “with a rush of strength and energy that shows in their recovery… and that’s what they need.” The walk of JesusOne of the last walks has been that of Jesus. After a traffic accident, he ended up in the Reina Sofía ICU. “He had polytraumatism… he was very bad,” confesses Cristina. He was on a ventilator, going from operation to operation and completely unmotivated. When he had been hospitalized for a month and a half, they decided to give him a ride accompanied by his mother. That day he finally smiled. “The boy’s attitude changed a lot,” says Cristina. Two weeks later he was released from the ICU… Today he is at his house. The #ICU of the Reina Sofia Hospital is committed to humanization. Neither the heat nor the work prevent this team 🔝🔝 from putting all their, ❤️, love and dedication into these much-needed and healing walks for our patients. pic.twitter.com/MZ7zHpIllq— Reina Sofia Hospital Intensive Care (@uciHURS) July 19, 2022 Not all patients can go out. They must meet certain security conditions. They can go out with a ventilator or drains, but they must be stable. Organizing it however is not easy. Emergencies have sometimes forced to suspend outings that were already prepared. Even so, everything possible is being done to continue this activity, which is currently working. “After the walk, they once again have that illusion of wanting to get ahead,” says Dr. López, “they put more desire into it, we noticed it.” The walks were already done before the pandemic, but after the confinement they are done more. They have gone from going out every two or three weeks to one or even two a day. “As a result of the pandemic we have all learned that going out is more important than we thought,” says Cristina, “and now we value it more” The therapy also benefits the workers of the center. “It’s very rewarding and after the walks everything is much easier,” says Cristina. In the ICU where every minute counts and days drag on forever, these walks are capable of stopping time.
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