Do you know which units save lives without going into intensive care?

¿Saben qué unidades salvan vidas sin pasar por la UCI?

When? respiratory tract infections and epidemic waves like existing ones, it is essential to justify UCRI, (Interim Respiratory Care Unit), as they prove they are great benefit in pandemic and now they vital to evacuate intensive care units.

This is why the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) claims: all first and second level hospitals provide these services with the initiative #nohospitals without UCRI because they claim that all acute respiratory pathologies need some. semi-critical interim maintenance.


Bilbao hosted first mobile UCRI in the world, thanks to the cooperation of Bizkaia Nursing College, which needs semi-critical care for respiratory diseases. Without these units, many patients would have to be transferred to intensive point of any hospital and being intubated. In this way, they get rid of a complete sedation, avoiding serious physical and psychological consequences.

Mobile UCRI installed on a truck with all necessary devices, confirmed the usefulness of the service and served to show the citizens how Life is saved without going to intensive care. “This first mobile UCRI in the worldwas born and runs for the purpose of solidarity I traveled the whole state At the request of the Spanish Society of Respiratory Pathology (SEPAR),” as stated by nurse Nerea Zabala at Cruces hospital.

“Intermediate respiratory care units, Designed for large-caliber respiratory infections and one care resource middle way hospital admissions and intensive care unitswhere only the most serious patients are involved,” he says.


Carlos Egea, a member of SEPAR, explains that for his part, these units take care of critically ill patients. non-invasive support. “Not a tube in their throat, but a closed face mask“, He defines. “We’ve had Covid, the flu epidemic is coming, bronchiolitis for children and the more infections there are, the more UCRIs are needed because we give patients more opportunities,” he emphasizes.

“Both children and adults may need respiratory care, and we non-invasive mechanical ventilation devices also for infants and young children” indicates Zabala. Therefore this unit works perfectly for bronchiolitis and to avoid staying in pediatric intensive care”.


In times of peak flu or coronavirus outbreaks, “these could mean: the difference between productive participation and saturation Pneumology services” highlights Zabala.

These services are usually patients with moderate and severe respiratory pathologies, requiring immediate and personalized attention, with higher staffing rates than those available on hospital floors. In this way, it is possible better manage the care of hospitalized patientsspeeding up their return to the factory and save many lives.

In this line, the effects Iñaki Arriaga, Head of Pneumology at Basurto. “Our experience shows us that 65% of patients passing our UCRI they would occupy an ICU bed,” he explains. “Therefore, we talk about giving. more rational use of health resources and to Intensive Care beds”.

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