The National POLST Paradigm is a voluntary approach to end-of-life planning that emphasizes eliciting, documenting and honoring the treatment preferences of seriously ill or frail individuals using a portable medical order called a POLST Form. If a seriously ill or frail patient wants to use a POLST form, his/her health care professional will complete it after talking with the patient about his/her diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options, and goals of care. In the event of a medical emergency, when time is of the essence for medical decision-making, the POLST Form serves as an immediately available and recognizable order set in a standardized format. Emergency personnel follow the POLST form medical orders to provide treatments the patient wanted during an emergency, potentially avoiding unwanted hospitalizations and emergency department visits.
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