Senior Woman Outside with Seated Man Wearing Oxygen Tubes.

 

A POLST (Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Form is a medical order that gives patients more control over their end-of-life care.  It specifies the types of treatments that a patient wishes to receive and not receive. Without a POLST form, emergency medical personnel are required to provide every possible medical treatment to sustain life.

Completing a POLST form encourages communication between healthcare professionals and patients, allowing patients to make more informed decisions based on goals and values.  The POLST form documents these decisions in a clear manner resulting in a patient’s wishes being honored across all settings of care.

A POLST form is voluntary, and is never required.

 

 

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