It´s said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

This is a painting of a girl made after being admitted in an ICU and was published in JAMA in 2012.

In it, we can see the child accompanied by her family and her little brother. The professional is back to the patient typing on the computer. In the end, that is the perception of the girl after her stay in the ICU, and thus reflected it.

A simple image to make us think about the side effects that technology can have in the relationship with our patients.

Let´s be sensitive to the important thing: people, not machines. It is the basis of respect for our own work and treating with dignity to our patients.

Dra. Olga Rubio