VíaENcuentro 2015: Humanizing Life, by Sofía Sánchez

We are living times when it seems that all we have been agreement on the same subject: to humanize. But I sincerely believe that we are many who inspired by the need to be and feel more human. We have started a project to try to make it true.

It must be something like when "coincidentally" researchers that don´t known each other, work without knowing it, in the same idea with an incredible synchronicity.

And by that same need, in the Association ViaManos, which I am volunteer, we believe that a better world is possible, but to do this reality we have to commit to give the best of ourselves, to assume our responsibility and set up our intelligence, our sensitivity and our ability to achieve that more humane society, an aware society based on values and not on things.

To contribute to humanization, we decided to organise a Conference (this will be the second edition), to serve as a meeting point to all those people who feel that interest of humanize and where ideas and actions oriented towards tihs common goal will be exposed. 

We have the pleasure of having some great speakers who altruistically, will bring us their experience and wisdom to create a climate of motivation that will help us in our aim of humanizing.

These speakers come from different areas, as health (Enric Benito and Jorge Carvajal), education (Pepa Horno), economy (Joan Antoni Melé), business world (Jose Mª Hernández) and volunteers (Pedro Pascual); all seasoned with a few very special touches of humor conscious (Fidel Delgado) and art (Daniel Alzamora-Dickin and Gori Artieda).

VíaENcuentro will be held in Palma de Mallorca on June, 6th to 7th June, at the Conservatorio superior de Música y Danza de Illes Balears. The entrance fee is €30.

From here we encourage you to participate, we need more human hands in health and in every corner of the world (link to registration form).

Sofía Sánchez, ICU nurse and volunteer of ViaManos Association

Doctors also cry, by José Manuel Salas

Hola a todos, my dear friends.

Today we have a new friend and guest, Dr. José Manuel Salas.

A couple of days ago, Dr. Ángela Algaba, mate of the ICU of Hospital Universitario de Torrejón , sent me the next post of José Manuel. After reading, I got in touch with him to share it with all of you.

And that´s life! José also has a special relation with Bolivia. So, we have started a new friendship and for sure we will work together in some projects.

This is his wonderful blog: Your Family Doctor...reflexiones con tinta de médico (only available in Spanish)

Here is his post: Doctors also cry.

Wellcome to the IC-HU Project José Manuel. And thank you.

"And the world was surprised to see the photo of a doctor crying after losing a patient, and the healthcare professionals were surprised to see the reaction from the world."

And we were surprised because we already know that under each robe, pajamas or university degree in the area of health, there is always a human being.

A human being, having the ability to suffer and feel like anyone else.

Who has not ever seen crying to a companion in a shift?

Who do not end up once collapsed after a story with a sad ending?

Who didn´t imagine for a second what would happen if we were on the other side?

For sure, it´s a great mistake to think in the topic "men don't cry", but worst favor made us that some placed our profession on a pedestal above the rest, because nothing is farther from reality than this erroneous vision.

Because medicine is practiced from the humility, with feet on the ground and next to the patient.

I never shared that traditional stereotype, of the eternal sacrifice of the physician, who takes our profession 24 hours a day and is obliged to marry with medicine, putting fist the profession.

We are human, we are alive, and we try to do our job the best as possible. We study and prepare for it, but our humanity is that makes us great an we must never relinquish.

Professionals who work in emergencies live limit emotional situations, full of tension and stress. And at the end of our assistance we have the right to bring us down, cry, and openly express what we feel. Because of don´t do it, we could forget the human seal of our profession, what differentiates us today of a simple machine. That things that tells us we are something more than a lot of skin and bones. We are soul and feeling.

And we must not forget that we are dealing with people, and how I usually say my residents, sometimes we must not seek the best medicine between the pages of a book, because it´s inside ourselves.

Because definitely, gods don't cry, but doctors do it.

J.M Salas

Just one week for the National Conference on Humanization

Hola a [email protected], my dear friends.

Just one week for the National Conference on Humanization: Humanizing Intensive Care

All ticket´s sold!!! Many thanks to all persons coming to Torrejón, with special reference to the almost 100 of you who will come from outside of Madrid.

We are waiting to meet you!!! There will be many surprises. We hope that you feel as at home and do not hesitate to transmit us your doubts of breaking on logistical issues that you deem (accommodation, transport, etc).

More than 20 scientific communications will also have their space, and we could meet and learn from other initiatives, ideas or projects that are underway in Spain on issues related to the Conference. My congratulations to all those who have encouraged you to send communications. As you can see, we are not alone and every day, we are more people working on humanization of Healthcare System.

And thank you also to all the entities that in one sense or another have been able to collaborate with the Organization of this Conference. Humanization does not consume drugs (probably save them), does not use expendable or technology and it has been really difficult to get funds for this cause. So, want to put in value and thank you all, and quote in particular to the last to get this boat: Garric - Unidix , Conasa - Tobii, PayasoSalud and Philips.

As we don't want anyone to lose the opportunity to enjoy and learn with the brilliant presentations that we have prepared, we would like to inform that the Conference...will be followed by streaming!

This is the link
 to join the Conference at home (Spanish is the official language of the talks)

Great enthusiasm and hard work by the Organization, which has been co-coordinated by Cristina Muñoz from the Center of Humanization of Health: to work with you has been a pleasure and an honor.

See you in less than a week!

We continue with #humaniza

Happy Thursday,


The IC-HU Project #humaniza in Cadena Cope Radio

Hola a [email protected], my dear friends.

Yesterday we went to the Radio Cadena Cope Madrid, where our friends of the program "La Mañana" interviewed us again. We were talking about the National Awards Hospital Optimista, the National Conference on Humanization and the Declaration of Torrejón for the Humanization of Intensive Care (more than 350 persons have signed it...What are you waiting for?).

Thanks to Beatriz Pérez Otín (@BeatrizPOtin) and Nayra Bueno (@Nayrabueno1), we could share our ideas, points of view and projects.


This is the interview (only available in Spanish). 

Together we can change our world.

Happy Wednesday,

An everyday hero… away from the cape and the superpowers, by Veronica Rojas

This is the story of Felipe Díaz Izarraulde, a Chilean who had the opportunity to be born again!. Simply an everyday hero who wanted to tell us his story.

"I lived seven months in the ICU... This has been the strongest experience that I have lived and I will never forget. At the age of 17 I got involved between doctor visits, tests, and laboratory studies.

The aim was to discover the origin of my impaired state of health that was getting worse day by day. So, I was admitted to the adult ICU.

I was in the place of the critical patients. I felt fear, anxiety and concern.

The restriction of visits and timetables were very limited: one hour in the morning and another in the afternoon, too long wait to see my family and thus be able to calm my anxiety.

In one of the visits a doctor called my mom and just see her face I realized that something happened. They told me that I had to sleep, it was the best option to treat me. I agreed and promised that I would fight until the end, I just wanted to recover.

One month later I opened my eyes. I have a tracheotomy, with drains in my lungs, probes, cables. I could not speak. I had no forces to move and a sense of vulnerability invaded me. I needed everybody and for everything.

In the seventh month I got the long-awaited discharge from hospital, but the definitive discharge only after a year and two months. I look back and can identify clearly what made all the difference in my healing process; my will to live, the support of my family, the passion of doctors, nurses, assistants, friends, coworkers, teachers, acquaintances, anonymous and in particular to the hospital for having allowed my parents to spend more time with me in the ICU.

This was vital in my recovery.

Being closed to them was the fundamental complementary medicine that took effect. Precisely in difficult times the union of forces, energies, and shared faith were the formula that allowed my total healing, awaited by all.

Today I can say that I have returned to life to share this with my experience with you".