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 – for patient use or to print a POLST form for training and education. A new form is anticipated fall of 2017.
POLST Step-by-Step – These instructions will be updated once the new POLST form has been approved by the State of Nevada and is available, anticipated fall of 2017.
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 it isn’t available, it won’t be useful
EMS & POLST
Start the Conversation – the following are several resources to help facilitate an advance care planning conversation:
- 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.