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A Better Way of Dying

The POLST form is used in California, and many other states, by any patient. The form is taken to their appt. and discussed with their doctor, in order to document and clarify the patient's directives concerning life-sustaining treatment.
POLST is Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. Any completed and signed copy of this form, placed in the patient's medical files anywhere, should be reproduced on bright PINK paper, to help ensure that this document is not overlooked by medical staff. This form is available and free online. The patient is most responsible for telling family, friends and their appointed Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions what their advance directives are and that those specific directives are documented. This form does not replace your advance directives documents. POLST form is used, face-to-face with your physician, to clarify and document your directives about treatment.

February 10, 2010 at 12:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )