PATIENTS AND FAMILY
Patients (or their representative) must speak to their healthcare provider in order to complete a POLST. Before doing so, it is a good idea to be prepared for the conversation and to make a special Advance Care Planning (ACP) appointment with your healthcare provider.
How do I get a POLST?
POLST makes sure these other documents are followed and assures your wishes are honored wherever you are, at a facility or at home.
I already have an AD and/or DNR,
do I need a POLST?
POLST is both a legal document and a medical order. Unlike advanced directives, healthcare providers, by law, are required to honor your POLST. But, it must be available to do so. Be sure it is available 24/7.
How do I assure I get the treatment I want
After completing a POLST, the POLST is kept with the patient. If at home, put it on the refrigerator or next to your bed; that’s where EMS (ambulance) are trained to look. A copy should also be put in the Nevada Lockbox.