PATIENTS AND FAMILY

POLST is intended for those who are near the end of a life-limiting illness or the frail elderly. 

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Who needs a POLST? 

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.

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How do I get a POLST?

Sometimes medical choices are hard to understand. Don’t worry, we can explain them to you so you can choose what is best for you.

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What do the POLST choices mean for me?

POLST makes sure these other documents are followed and assures your wishes are honored wherever you are, at a facility or at home. 

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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.

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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.

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Where do I keep my POLST?

Videos

RESOURCES

Handouts

This printable handout will answer most of your questions about POLST

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Explanations of DNR/DNI, Living will, Advanced Directives and Power of attorney

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Documenting end of life decisions

Video Series

A video explaining terms your healthcare provider may use

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Words you may hear

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A video explaining the difference between full treatment, supportive care and hospice

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Walk me through my options

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Quick Links

Videos