INTENSIVE MEDICINE is defined as the area of Medicine that focuses on patients with current or potential dysfunction or failure of one or more life-threatening organs or systems. This area includes potential organ donor support.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) comprises a team of healthcare professionals providing multidisciplinary care within a specific area of the hospital, adhering to functional, structural and organisational standards to ensure optimal safety, quality and efficiency in treating patients requiring respiratory support or combined respiratory support and, support for at least two organs or systems, as well as all complex patients requiring support for multi-organ failure; the ICU can also attend to patients requiring a lower level of care.


Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which was completely renovated and restructured in 2020, is located on the 3rd floor and has 23 individual rooms, all with ample space and fully equipped with a 3rd level unit. It also has two wards ready to treat infectious diseases with a high risk of infection that require strict isolation.

Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is committed to the highest quality of care and patient safety, alongside the core goals of teaching and research. But, above all, we are committed to humanising our ICU. Our ICU applies an open-door policy that is fully committed to the most human side of patients and their relatives 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We are a large team (doctors, nurses, assistants, orderlies and administrative staff) who dedicate all our time to a single goal: to offer the highest quality human healthcare to Critically Ill Patients and their Relatives, based on the most up-to-date knowledge.

Our patient flow is similar to how patients move through tertiary hospitals, coming from the operating room, hospital wards, the emergency department, and even from other hospitals.

Fundación Jiménez Díaz's Intensive Medicine Service opened for the first time on 4th January 1965, when Dr Carlos Jiménez Díaz himself suffered a serious traffic accident.


It was officially inaugurated on 13th January 1966 as the "Intensive Surveillance Unit". At the time, there were no professionals specifically trained in intensive care in Spain. In 1969, the first Coronary Care Unit was created at Hospital de la Santa Cruz y San Pablo in Barcelona. In 1973, the Intensive Care Medicine speciality was officially created in several Spanish hospitals.

Our ICU has undergone multiple transformations since then, and all the Service's intensive care physicians have completed their medical residencies in different Spanish hospitals.