The Nuclear Medicine service of the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón has humanized the service’s stays through the work of the artist Rafael Díaz, also a medical professional.
The objective is to improve the environment where patients remain during their diagnostic tests and radiometabolic therapies, which, by their very nature, can sometimes be longer. This project is also aimed at professionals who work in Nuclear Medicine, enabling them to have more open and accessible spaces that thus favor patient care.
Marañon Nuclear Medicine is a unit of recognized prestige with more than 65 years of history and currently covers practically all examinations, diagnostic methods and therapies. The service also offers coverage to several hospitals, specialty centers and Primary Care centers in the Community of Madrid.
A project that unites art and science
The color and light of Rafael Díaz’s work accompanies the users of the Nuclear Medicine Service of the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in all the rooms they pass through and while they remain there. Already in the lobby itself you can see a work created from the various diagnostic tests carried out there, forming a structure of concentric designs reminiscent of a cathedral rose window or a mandala.
Likewise, and inside the room where the diagnostic tests are carried out, the elements of the periodic table that intervene in Nuclear Medicine are shown through colors and shapes, thus giving a scientific meaning to that universal color language. Patients see only color, but to scientists they are substances that represent atomic numbers, electrons, and chemical properties.
And the other room where this humanization project is perhaps more evident is the room where patients who have been administered radioactive substances and isotopes must wait for their conditions to be visible in the PET/CT. Here are images of diagnosed and healed diseases. Also, the drawings made by the patients themselves where they reflected what they felt when their illness was diagnosed and what they experienced when they improved and were cured.
“We cannot speak of humanization without taking into account the feelings of patients,” adds the artist Rafael Díaz. “Each painting is a patient. All this scientific, conceptual and artistic effort is to use art as a tool to deliver a message of healing and hope to patients.”
The head of the Nuclear Medicine Service, Juan Carlos Alonso Farto, recalls that the realization of this project, in which authorship has been shared with the patients, has always had the support and authorization of the Cashew Ethics Committee and is part of the Humanization Plan of the Gregorio Marañón Hospital.
Other humanization measures implemented
Another of the measures contemplated in the humanization project that the Nuclear Medicine service has launched is to respect that the patient, during the tests, maintains his or her own clothing at all times. An initiative that has been very positively received, explains the nursing supervisor of the service, Mª José del Pozo.
“Among the values that we strive to achieve every day, the satisfaction of our patients occupies a very prominent place, guiding the entire care process to respond to their needs, preserving their rights and trying to make the care provided more close and personal and above all respecting their dignity” concludes the head of the Nuclear Medicine Service, Juan Carlos Alonso.