Caring for patients at the end of life can be challenging. Treatments may offer little benefit, complications are common, patients and their families are distressed, confused and worried and providers may feel they haven’t much more to offer patients and their loved ones. It may be difficult for all.
But, things can be better. The Nevada POLST Program offers an alternative that promises to ease the stress and frustration of patients, families and providers. Below, please find information and resources that explain the Nevada POLST Program and provide resources to facilitate its effectiveness.
The Nevada POLST Form – to order POLST forms click here. Because the POLST is a medical order, it should not be given to patients to complete or for education purposes. For these purposes you may print a Sample POLST form.
Nevada POLST Program Resources
- POLST Step-by-Step – The POLST form broken down section by section.
- POLST Quick Reference Guide and Appropriate POLST Use Policy– These documents together will assure conformance to the National POLST Paradigm best practice standards.
- POLST Provider FAQ – procedural and legal aspects in PDF form.
- POLST and Advance Directives – if they have one, they may still need the other.
- Billing for POLST consultation
- Living Will Lockbox and HealtHIE Nevada – if the POLST isn’t available, it won’t be useful. Be sure other providers have access to your patients’ POLSTs.
Start the Conversation – the following are several resources to help facilitate an advance care planning conversation:
- POLST Conversation Cue Card #1 and POLST Conversation Cue Card #2 – together, these two documents provide a script and algorithm for completing the POLST form.
- The Conversation Project Starter Kit. This is the English version. It is available in many other languages on the The Conversation Project website.
- Videos demonstrating a conversation with patients. Please scroll down the page to “Having the Conversation” for these particular videos. There are others listed before them that may also be helpful.
EMS and POLST – Please click here for EMS specific information.