US News – How to Ensure Your Medical Wishes Are Followed if You’re Critically Ill and Incapacitated

By Ruben Castaneda Source: U.S. News It happens every day in the intensive care units of hospitals throughout the country: Physicians ask the loved ones of someone kept alive by a ventilator and other medical devices whether the patient would want to live hooked up to machines. Or, would the patient prefer to forgo extreme life-prolonging measures for palliative care, in [...]

2018-01-02T19:44:56+00:00May 15th, 2017|

The Marine

There are many different types of heroism. Don, a marine, was thirty-one-years-old and had been suffering from cancer for eight years. Although he didn’t yet realize it, he had entered the active phase of dying when I met him, returning to the hospital for the second time in two weeks. I was his palliative care physician, brought in to [...]

2017-10-23T21:36:13+00:00April 19th, 2017|

Be Careful What You Ask For

Source: The Caregiver Space John was a highly successful civil engineer and a loving husband. He was by nature a real go-getter. And so when his wife was told that she would need complicated heart surgery for a dysfunctional heart valve, he went into full throttle. They arranged to have her surgery at the best cardiac hospital in [...]

2017-10-23T21:45:40+00:00March 10th, 2017|

What Ted Cruz Doesn’t Get About Dying With Dignity

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Houston Chronicle My patients need to understand their options and make their own decisions. Elderly and seriously ill patients are at risk due to the misguided thinking of two Republican lawmakers. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas suggests that palliative care shortens the lives of elders. And a bill, HR 410, from Iowa [...]

2017-10-23T21:47:37+00:00March 8th, 2017|

Helping Physicians to Do the Right Thing

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Huffington post The Affordable Care Act of 2010 is one of the most impressive changes to our healthcare system since the introduction of Medicare in 1965. But Sarah Palin’s “death panel” hysteria forced President Obama to remove a crucial piece of his original proposal, rendering it less effective, some might say anemic. Section 1233, [...]

2017-10-23T21:49:41+00:00July 15th, 2015|

Err on the Side of the Patient

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Huffington Post I was almost run over by a gurney being pushed by a fast-moving Emergency Medical Technician. He thrust the patient’s chart at me. “Doc, you’ll want to check this lady out quick. She’s not looking good.” The first thing I noticed was the color of her skin. Its greyish green hue [...]

2017-10-23T21:50:14+00:00November 6th, 2014|
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