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Díaz de LPMA, Díaz MA, Arévalo CMR, Moreno SAA, Briones GJC
Problematic of intensive critical care medicine in Mexico City
Rev Asoc Mex Med Crit y Ter Int 2007; 21 (1)

Language: Español
References: 10
Page: 15-20
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Objective: Increase the limited information, in Mexico City, about the consequences (emotional, physical and economical) of the practice or critical medicine in the critical care physicians.
Introduction: The ICU is maybe the most stressing place inside the Hospital; it’s probably because taking care of the critical patient is often associated with the quick choice of decisions, and the constant relation with frequent deaths and the ethical implications. This entire environment generates frustration, depression and anger in the physician.
Material and methods: We applied a test to 75 physicians in the ICU of 10 different public and private Hospitals in Mexico City. The test captured data about age, gender, years in the ICU, addictions, diseases related with stress, behavior alterations (according to the DSM-IV), number or jobs and month payment.
Results: Of the 100% (75) physicians interviewed we found: smoking habit in 40%, alcoholism 46.6%, other toxicomanias 2.6%, acid peptic disease 57.3%, irritable bowel syndrome, tensional headache and systemic hypertension: 33.3% each one. Anxiety 37.3%, depression 26.6% and anger 21.3%.
Conclusions: The health of critical care physicians is affected by the time of permanence in the ICU, because they suffer diseases related with stress earlier than the rest of the population. The addictions and the behavior alterations are also more rooted in this group.

Key words: Critical medicine, problematic.


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