Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a medical order that gives patients more control over their end-of-life care. The POLST form specifies the types of medical treatment that a patient wishes to receive towards the end of life. These medical orders must be signed by the patient or the patient's surrogate and either a:
Completion of a POLST form is only a small step in the process of a patient’s decision-making, and it is critical that this form be used as part of a program for end-of-life decisions that includes educational support, advance directives, and other aspects of planning for providers and patients.
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