How Storytelling Can Help Young Doctors Become More Resilient

Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH Harvard Business Review I recently stood in front of a group of emergency room residents at my hospital and asked an unusual question. “Has any of you ever judged your attending physician for not trying hard enough to save a patient’s life?” Then I looked around the room. But like every time I’d given [...]

2018-10-17T02:13:37+00:00October 17th, 2018|

Hard Cases: Locked-In & Shut Out

Dr. Jessica Zitter LinkedIn Healthcare Channel - Hard Cases The woman was 47 years old and had suffered a devastating stroke three and a half weeks prior. It was the type of stroke which hit the nether regions of the brain, deep in the white matter, where the mysteries of consciousness, speech, and movement lie intertwined. Through a [...]

2018-02-21T19:28:06+00:00February 21st, 2018|

5 Things I’ve Learned from Caring for the Dying

Dr. Jessica Zitter LinkedIn Healthcare Channel I have been a critical care physician for over twenty years. Over that time, I have cared for thousands of patients.  Some I have saved, and celebrated as they left the hospital to resume their lives. Others have died, as one would expect with patients suffering from serious illness. But too many [...]

2018-01-11T21:35:08+00:00January 11th, 2018|

How the Rise of Medical Technology is Worsening Death

Dr. Jessiza Nutik Zitter Health Affairs  Our aging population is at risk from a most benign-appearing source—the medical technologies we trust to keep us healthy. When they were first widely used in the 1930s and 1940s, breathing machines did what humans could never have imagined a generation earlier: They kept young polio victims alive until their bodies cleared [...]

2017-11-10T20:50:02+00:00November 7th, 2017|

Reaching Through the Ether

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: LinkedIn About six months ago, I received an email requesting that I submit one of my talks about Palliative Care in the ICU to the International Palliative Care Network conference. The requestor was a Palliative Care physician living in Virginia, Parag Bharadwaj. It was a free conference, he told me, one that would enable [...]

2017-10-23T19:39:15+00:00July 6th, 2017|

Folks Magazine – Ending The End-Of-Life Conveyor Belt

Carey Dunne Source: Folks Magazine From the time she was a young girl playing with her surgeon father’s doctor bag, Jessica Zitter wanted to save lives. In medical school, Zitter specialized in critical care, which she saw as “the ultimate hero’s specialty,” and later became an Intensive Care Physician. As a young intern working on an ICU, she never imagined that, [...]

2018-01-02T19:43:40+00:00July 5th, 2017|

Medscape – How One Intensivist (Unwittingly) Learned About Palliative Care

by Stephanie Cajigal Source: Medscape   Intensivist Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH, had spent two decades focused on keeping patients alive in the intensive care unit (ICU). But it wasn't until a nurse shamed her for placing a dialysis catheter in a dying patient that she began to think about how to improve the quality of life for patients [...]

2018-01-02T19:45:29+00:00April 25th, 2017|

Pricey Technology Is Keeping People Alive Who Don’t Want To Live

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Wired Magazine OVER THE NEXT 45 years, the population of people older than 65 will double, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. As the population ages, our healthcare system will face millions of frail patients whose bodies are beginning to shut down. The considerable advances in medical technologies over the [...]

2017-10-23T21:39:34+00:00April 10th, 2017|

Opinion: This Critical Healthcare Issue Isn’t Talked About Enough

By Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: MarketWatch George L. had been on a breathing machine in the intensive care unit for 11 days. My resident ran through George’s complicated review of systems, then told me he would receive a tracheostomy, or “trach,” in the operating room on Day 14. “They had an opening in the schedule so we took [...]

2017-10-23T21:41:04+00:00April 4th, 2017|
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