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    Posted: Feb 16 2013 at 3:48am
In California and I am not sure in how many other States there is something called POLST..i.e. Physician's Order for Life Sustaining Therapy and it is a document signed by both patient and her/his physician that outlines what that patient wishes and does not wish to be their end-of-life care.



Please take a look at the video provided and also the form.

I met with a family today and the patient had recently completed the form and it is serving as an important document, that will be respected, in her care, as she cannot talk, at the moment, but at least her wishes are known. The POLST document has been copied and entered in the patient's records.

Please think about having such a form executed even if you are not seriously ill. And if you wishes change, a new form can be executed and the latest dated form will supersede others.

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Steve
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This type of Directive is so very important and it takes the Difficult Decisions off the shoulders of those who are designated advocates for care. 
In Nova Scotia Canada, we have what is called a Personal Directive and the hospital asks that this form be completed so they know what the patient wants in their care. 
Thanks for bringing this critical document to light in California, Steve! Hugs, h.
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