Intensive Medicine is committed to sustainability and social commitment in ICUs

Intensive Medicine is committed to sustainability and social commitment in ICUs
Intensive Medicine is committed to sustainability and social commitment in ICUs

Intensive Medicine Services are no strangers to the technological revolution. Algorithms with analysis and machine learning, big data applied to assistance, simulation tools or sensors in smart devices, to name a few examples, are here to stay. ICUs, the traditionally most technical services of hospitals, have become even more cutting-edge spaces. The challenge is to integrate this technology without turning our back on sustainability: both environmental and social. Converting Intensive Medicine Services into green and friendly spaces is the new objective of the specialty; and how to achieve it, the great debate raised by intensivists from all over Europe. Spain is no stranger to this movement, and proof of this is that ‘Sustainable technology at the service of critical patients’ is the motto of the LIX National Congress of the Spanish Society of Intensive Care Medicine and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC).

Sustainability

“We intensivists are no strangers to the sustainability needs of our society. We join our European colleagues in planning Services that are more committed to the environment, but, in addition, we take a step forward to lead units in which the organization is more humane,” he indicates. Carola Giménez-Esparza, president of the SEMICYUC. “This social sustainability is key, with the well-being of the patient, family members and health personnel at the center. In Barcelona we will draw lines of work to unify criteria and advance in an empathetic quality of care that does not neglect either technological advances or the fight against current challenges: multidrug-resistant infections, post-ICU syndrome, critical cancer patientsetc.,” he continues.

The challenge is to integrate this technology without turning our back on sustainability: both environmental and social.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges to public health and global security. Although the healthcare system plays a fundamental role in maintaining the health of society, it is also a contributing factor to environmental damage. Specifically, ICUs consume significant amounts of energy and generate large amounts of waste, mainly due to single-use material.; and critically ill patients need a very relevant amount of pharmacological treatments. We must develop our work with interventions that reduce its environmental impact, always maintaining high quality levels of care and treatment,” he explains. Ricard Ferrer, president of the Local Congress Committee and Head of the Intensive Medicine Service of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital (Barcelona).

Environmental impact

The development of artificial intelligence, the humanization of services or simulation as an essential tool are part of a scientific program that also wants to analyze the environmental impact of daily practice. In fact, of This Congress will release the first document of proposals for the environmental sustainability of the ICUs, to which specialists from all over Spain have contributed proposals..

The development of artificial intelligence, the humanization of services or simulation as an essential tool are part of a scientific program that also wants to analyze the environmental impact

The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) will be present at the National Congress of the SEMICYUC with a luxury delegation. Its elected president, Jan de Waele, He will offer a conference on the challenges in the use of antibiotics in ICUs, as well as participate in a round table with eminent intensivists from all over Europe. In addition, intensivists from the Board of Directors of the Pan-American and Iberian Federation of Intensive Care Medicine (FEPIMCTI) will also arrive in Barcelona from Latin America and the United States, with its president Alfredo Matos; the elected president of the World Federation of Intensive Care (WFICC), Javier Fernández; and Joseph Nates, president of the Global Cancer Critical Care Research Network (ONCCCRNET), who will address the challenge of the critically ill cancer patient on both sides of the Atlantic.

National Congress

“The National Congress of the SEMICYUC is once again the link between intensivists from Europe and America. In Barcelona, ​​in fact, we will have the opportunity to have the highest representatives of the European, Pan-American and World Intensive Care Societies. This is a clear symptom of the relevance that Spanish intensivism has achieved at the international scientific and research level, both in terms of studies, publications and records and the development of global programs,” says Giménez-Esparza.

The LIX National Congress of the SEMICYUC will take place from May 12 to 15 at the Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB)

The LIX National Congress of the SEMICYUC will take place from May 12 to 15 at the Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB). Matches XLIX National Congress of the Spanish Society of Intensive Nursing and Coronary Units (SEEIUC)so the Catalan capital will host hundreds of health professionals from the Intensive Medicine Services of all provinces.


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