POLST Physician Orders for Live Sustaining Treatment

Organization Name: Utah Department of Health
Address: P.O. Box 496
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: 801-273-6646
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Services Provided: The National POLST Paradigm – which stands for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment – is an approach to advance care planning developed for patients with one or more serious advanced illnesses. Emphasis is on: (i) advance care planning conversations between patients, health care professionals and loved ones; (ii) shared decision-making between a patient and his/her health care professional about the care the patient would like to receive at the end of his/her life; and (iii) ensuring patient wishes are honored. As a result of these conversations, patient wishes may be documented in a POLST form, which translates the shared decisions into actionable medical orders. POLST is not for everyone. Only patients with serious illness or frailty should have a POLST form. For healthy patients, an Advance Directive is an appropriate tool.
Original Source: Portal staff
Last Updated: 10/7/2014