ICU "see the body as a whole and can provide a comprehensive response "

February 22, 2016

Dr Rocío Aragonés is Head of the ICU in Xanit Benalmádena Hospital and, as other many doctors, she works against the clock, but the ICU universe is an everyday challenge in which it is acted immediately and on the line from which, in numerous occasions, the patient life hangs with extreme gravity.

Why did you decide to practise medicine?

I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, as far back as I can remember. To protect and heal.

And why this specialty?

Since I approached the computer for the Residence election in Madrid. I knew I wanted a central specialty that studied the organism as a whole and that were able to give a comprehensive response. I don’t like areas.

How many years have you been doing this?

Since 1998.

Which is your greatest achievement in this professional career?

The personal development I experience with its practice.

And why the private health system?

Because I’m freer to act and I can practise the medicine I like.

What is your opinion about the current situation of the private medicine in Andalusia and, concretely, in Malaga?

I think it is at its peak and that it still will be.

How would you define your specialty?

We are the guardians of the hospital, we look for the patients not to die when they aren’t meant to. We detect complications early for patients to recover as soon as possible, we allow the complexity of the hospital to move forward. We are always teamworking with the other specialists of the hospital.

Which are the pioneer techniques that the market offers currently and how many of them do you have in your medical team?

In the ICU we have we are at the same level of every reference hospital, the only request we can’t take care of are organ transplants.

Which kind of cases are the most common?

Acute Coronary Syndrome, risk post-operative and infections.

Which have been your most complicated cases?

The ones with a huge emotional burden, normally young patients with unexpected and deadly diseases which have a high uncertainty. Not because the medical part was difficult, but because the emotional management with the family and with the multidisciplinary work was complex. That are the biggest challenges, unexpected and very tragic situations.

In your opinion, which are the differences between the public and the private health system?

In the private system you can treat the patient and its family in a more customized way, with more time, which allows to create more affection, which in the health field is essential for the patient recovery.

Which opinion deserves to you the health tourism?

It’s the future of our city and possibly of our country if we are smart.