|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 3176-3177
The boy's painting (Spain): Thanking health workers during COVID-19 pandemic
Elena Klusova Noguina
SAMU061 Mobile Intensive Care Unit and Helicopter Emergency Medical Service; Emergency Department, University Hospital Can Misses, Ibiza, Spain
|Date of Submission||09-Jul-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||09-Jul-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||30-Jul-2020|
Dr. Elena Klusova Noguina
SAMU061 Mobile Intensive Care Unit and Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. Emergency Department, University Hospital Can Misses, Ibiza
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Unlike most countries in the world, Spain has a unique and huge system of highly specialized out-of-hospital emergency service, led by the best trained family doctors, specialists in Emergency Medicine. While the ambulance went down the street at 20th with sirens and music to cheer on the people of city Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain, on April 7, 2020, a BOY approached unsurely, under the supportive and complicit eyes of the people from the balconies and without saying a word passed the ambulance health workers, his drawing through the window.
Keywords: Ambulance staff, community participation, COVID-19 pandemic, emergency medicine, family doctors, health workers during COVID-19 pandemic, Island health, Spanish health system
|How to cite this article:|
Noguina EK. The boy's painting (Spain): Thanking health workers during COVID-19 pandemic. J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:3176-7
In the sense of the public health system, Spain is a very particular country. Unlike many other European countries, in Spain, family doctors are also specialists in emergencies, and we work both in hospital emergencies and in ambulances, providing immediate care to critically ill patients at accident sites. We are the people who work in the trueFIRST LINE of this war against the coronavirus, if not in the LINE ZERO of it.
Unlike most countries in the world, Spain has a unique and huge system of highly specialized out-of-hospital emergency service, led by the best trained family doctors, specialists in Emergency Medicine and equipped with state-of-the-art last-generation medical instruments (defibrillators, noninvasive and invasive mechanical ventilation devices, the bispectral index monitors for the measurement of the level of cerebral electrical activity during sedation, vasoactive drug infusion pumps, and portable blood analyzers). The country has an enormous fleet of hundreds of thousands of ambulances of different levels of preparedness for the therapeutic response and is one of the strongest points of the patients out-of-hospital attention in these terrible times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, in Ibiza, as in the rest of the country, 24 h/365 days a year, this service is serving 150,000 people who live on the island permanently (equivalent to the population of the city of London). And, every night at 8 pm from the day of the announcement of the state of alarm in our country, all the Spanish people come out to the balconies and windows of their houses to give unanimous applause to the doctors who are fighting to save their country. And, all nights at 8 pm from the same day of the start of the house confinement of the entire population in order to stop the spread of infection, SAMU061 ambulances, together with the local police and civil protection cars, we go out to the streets of our city with music to support our people and to encourage them to continue resisting by staying at home and that's where the brief story of the boy who was waiting at a traffic light for an ambulance car to give us his drawing begins.
Yesterday, a BOY (with his mother behind him giving him courage) was waiting for us while we went down the street at 20 h with sirens and music to cheer on the people of our city as we did every day since all the pandemic started. He approached unsurely, stooping his back from the weight of responsibility he felt at this moment under the supportive and complicit eyes of the people from the balconies and without saying a word passed us his drawing through the window. We've burst to cry, my paramedic and me. Thank you, 1000 thanks “Gaby and Marc Gomez” □□□□□□
Name of the authors of the painting: Gaby and Marc Gomez
Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
Event Date: April 7, 2020
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