POLST


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POLST

physician orders for life-sustaining therapy.
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The POLST form is available from the National POLST Office: http://www.
2010) directly compared patients with POLST forms to patients who used traditional practices like DNR orders and living wills.
Also, neither a POLST nor a living will entails giving up a death with as much dignity and comfort as possible.
Only POLST, however, carries the power of a physician order.
Over the course of the collaborative, organizations will work together to improve the awareness and use of POLST (Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) by promoting advanced care planning conversations between health care providers and patients with advanced illness and their families, fostering shared decision-making about individualized goals of care, and ensuring the implementation of individualized health care goals across care settings.
org) and complementary to Respecting Choices (in fact, the Respecting Choices program strongly advocates use of the POLST paradigm to document physician orders in the out-of-hospital setting).
A POLST - for Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment - is a hot-pink, one-page form signed by a doctor or nurse-practitioner that turns a patient's wishes into written medical orders.
POLST was first developed in Oregon in 1990 in response to concerns that traditional Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and advance directives do not adequately communicate patients' wishes for the many treatment decisions they face at the end of their lives.
The WSMA supports legislation to grant immunity to physicians, other health care providers, and certain healthcare facilities from civil liability for good faith actions taken in accordance with the orders in a POLST form.
Washingtonians and Oregonians are also overwhelmingly supportive of local legislation that has created more opportunities for end-of-life care options, including the POLST physician directive on life sustaining care and the Death with Dignity Act allowing for physician-assisted suicide.
In La Crosse, Wisconsin, health organizations collaborated to develop a system for advance care planning using progressive ADs like the POLST (B.

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