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.