End of Life in the ICU – Jessica Zitter M.D. on the Epidemic of Treatment

“I knew this patient was going to die. I knew whatever procedure I was going to do was just going to keep her husband away from her for the last two hours of precious time she had left.”

Sometimes the most compassionate treatment a doctor can prescribe is to stop treating the illness and talk to the patient and family with compassion and empathy.

Even if you aren’t a doctor, this presentation from Dr. Jessica Zitter will change your perspectives on death and dying and give you a new perspective on the “concerning tendency of of doctors to hide behind interventions rather than to talking to patients.”

(her talk starts at 3:20)

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