My Own Death

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Thrive Global To me, in this profession, at its simplest level, heroism is acceptance of our own mortality. And that is where we all — doctors and laypeople alike — must draw on our courage. I attended a conference called “Mindfulness in the ICU” at the University of California, San Francisco, several years ago. I was [...]

2017-10-23T21:43:47+00:00March 20th, 2017|

All That Glitters

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Thrive Global I used to love “swanning” my patients — — until I realized I was hurting them. The Swan Ganz Catheter, or “Swan,” was introduced in 1970 as a new way to measure pressures inside the heart and lungs. These numbers would, in theory, be helpful to an ICU physician like myself, trying [...]

2017-10-23T21:44:35+00:00March 13th, 2017|