“THE POLST MODEL”

Using the POLST Model encourages communication between health care professionals and patients and caregivers, allowing people to make more informed decisions about medical treatment based on goals and values.

THE POLST MODEL

The POLST (Practitioner Orders for Life - Sustaining Treatment) Model has two equally important parts.

Using the POLST Model encourages communication between health care professionals and patients and caregivers , allowing people to make more informed decisions about medical treatment 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. If a person does not have a POLST form, they will receive all medically indicated treatment in an attempt to maintain life.

The goal of the POLST Model is to maximize every patients’ control of their medical care by helping them establish a care plan that aligns with their own treatment wishes with what is medically realistic, and to document these wishes in a uniform, secure and retrievable medical order set that can be used to direct medical care in a variety of settings out in their community. The Illinois Department of Public Health Uniform POLST form is one means of establishing that care plan

USING THE POLST MODEL APPROPRIATELY

The POLST decision-making process and resulting medical orders are intended for people of any age who are at risk for a life-threatening clinical event because they have a serious life-limiting medical condition, which may include advanced frailty.

FAQS/GUIDANCE

For guidance on FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the POLST Model click here.

POLST: Doing It Better

“Doing It Better” provides a clear overview of the POLST Model. It is an educational tool for health care professionals and the public that describes POLST, clarifies which individuals POLST should be offered a conversation about the form, emphasizes best practices for POLST and corrects some common misconceptions.

Download the POLST Form

The POLST form is available in English and Spanish. To ensure emergency personnel can understand and follow the orders, it is recommended that the POLST form be presented in English. The Spanish version of the form is helpful for educational purposes.

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