By the McNamara Law Firm, P.C.
A Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment aka “POLST” is a physicians order based on the patient’s current medical condition and medical treatment preferences. A POLST form may be obtained at your physician’s office. In order to be valid, the form requires a physician or nurse practitioner’s signature as well as that of the patient/decision-maker.
Some of the information contained in the “POLST” include options pertaining to medical interventions for cardiac arrest, the need for feeding tubes, intubations, and other important matters.
A person with capacity can, at any time, void the POLST form or change their mind about treatment. A POLST should be obtained and discussed between patient/decision-maker and medical providers. The medical provider will provide an explanation of the implications of each choice made; then all will sign the document.
An Advanced Health Care Directive “AHCD” (aka Living Will, Advanced Directive) are written instructions appointing an Agent to make decisions on their behalf. This includes preferences for life support, cremation verses burial, pain relief, etc.
Educating yourself on documents such as these will empower you, giving you a voice in making an informed, well thought out decisions about heath care, treatment, and end of life decisions. At the McNamara Law Firm, our Team is dedicated to assisting you, and your family, in that education process.
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