When I decided to take on this blog, I decided it was about providing information. But as it grew, it became bigger than I ever dreamed. Now I feel obligated to provide everyone with information as such as the follwoing.
Is this Obamacare or just a conicidence? I find myself asking my question quite often. I'm I guess what you call a quiet political. I care, but I don't get involved. Being not only a healthcare provider but also a patient, I'm suddently seeing quite a bit of changes, and changes I don't like.
POLST, MOST, A Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is a document created by you and your doctor that informs emergency care providers what kinds of treatments you want (and don't want) in a medical emergency. POLST forms are like Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders in that they 1) must be signed by a doctor and, 2) instruct emergency medical whether to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). However, POLST forms cover many additional types of medical interventions, such as intubation, antibiotic use, and feeding tubes.
POLST forms are available in almost half of the states in the U.S. and they go by various names – MOLST, POST, COLST, TPOPP, LaPOST, etc. Learn more about the POLST form in your state in the articles below.
One example of a problem with a POLST from a reader would be; an ambulance is called to your home, no one is there to tell them of your medical directives for your mother. She has a DNR to which they are unawar. Without a POLST, they will initiate life saving measures. With a POLST, they won’t.This reeader informer me that she has had her mother keep hers posted on her refrigerator as well as herself and all her loved ones.
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Amy Reinstein, M.S., CCC - SLP