Hola a todos, mis queridos amigos.

Today is October 8th, and we celebrate the Worldwide and Hospice Palliative Care Day, and although I’m not very friend of “The global day of…”, we all should be support this issue because is very interesting for all.

Just a month ago, the Spanish Society for Palliative Care (SECPAL) presented its Palliative Care Awareness Plan in which the IC-HU Project is one of the contributors to do #PaliativosVisibles.

The Palliative Care Awareness Plan consists of four “mini – campaigns” that will be released every two months and have been designed by the PaliACtivos group, composed by nursing staff aware of the need to make more visible the palliative care, including all stakeholders: professionals, managers, patients, caregivers, family members and society in general.

These will be the topics and dates of the different campaigns of the plan:


  • September / October 2016 – #MorirSinDolor (dying without pain) depends on you, depends on all.




  • November / December 2016 – Formal and informal caregivers in palliative care. 




  • January / February 2017 – Nursing: Caring for life, an art to the end. 
  • March / April 2017 – Pediatric palliative care. 

And many of you could think: what have intensive care and palliative care in common?.

If we bear in mind that a 10 to 30% of ICU patients around the world die during their ICU stay, probably all doubts are cleared. Being self-critical, we can learn a lot in a multidisciplinary approach where our objectives remain care intensively, even though the final outcome is the death of the critically ill person. Focusing on the process, regardless of we know what the final outcome is, allows us to carry out our profession of service to the others with excellence and making things with a sense for everyone: patients, families and professionals.

From my point of view, the day that dying the best we could will be a real and tangible goal of the ICU, we would have advanced in an exceptional way in the humanization of care

And other message which I think is fundamental for society is to convey that professionals practising palliative care are not “those of scythe”. Talking about death naturally when we know that it is coming, which really makes it is to live as well we can until the end.

Palliative care are care for and in life, for the better possible life.

Happy day for everyone,