POLST


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POLST

physician orders for life-sustaining therapy.
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The POLST form is a portable medical order form that records a patient's treatment wishes so emergency personnel know what treatments the patient wants in the event of a medical emergency.
The POLST form offers choices within 4 treatment areas: "attempt CPR" or "allow natural death" if the patient is in cardiopulmonary arrest; "comfort," "limited," or "full" medical interventions if pulse or breathing is present; choices of additional orders, including intravenous fluids, feeding tubes, and antibiotics; and additional written orders.
According to POLST and following enforcement ordinances, patients who wish to stop life-sustaining treatment can make the request, which the hospital's medical ethics commission will review, following a confirmed diagnosis from a doctor.
I know from personal experience that the POLST form can be presented uninvited by a doctor with every option approved and simply requiring a signature.
"The POLST form proposed by LB 490 is biased against life-preserving measures, omits important treatments from options that may be chosen and suffers from ambiguity, inaccuracy and inadequacy in important respects," Balch said in testifying before the committee.
The POLST form is legal or in pending legislation in 46 states.
* Educate staff about medical and physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (MOLST and POLST), if applicable in your state.
There are three types: living wills, POLST forms (doctors' orders that transfer between treatment facilities), and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) or Do Not Intubate (DNI) orders.
Other important terms for the discussion of end of life care include Advance Directive (AD), Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), Do Not Hospitalize (DNH), and Physician or Medical Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST or MOLST).
Also, websites for the Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Paradigm (POLST), Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes, and Promoting Excellence in Palliative Care in Nursing Homes were accessed for further details of these programs.

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