Archive for February, 2013

What is a POLST Form?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

What does ‘POLST’ stand for?
POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.
What is the POLST form?
POLST is a physician order that helps give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life care.
Produced on a distinctive bright pink form and signed by both the doctor and patient, POLST specifies the types of medical treatment that a patient wishes toreceive towards the end of life. As a result, POLST can prevent unwanted or medically ineffective treatment, reduce patient and family suffering, and helpensure that patients’ wishes are honored.


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How to have the “conversation with your loved one.

While the Guide was developed to help an adult talk with his/her mother about her wishes for future medical care, it can be used as a guide to talk with any loved one. It includes suggestions on how to raise the issue, responses to concerns your loved one might express, and questions to ask.

Click here to read the Advance Care Planning Conversation Guide