POLST = Portable Medical Orders. POLST forms are medical orders that travel with the patient (your state may call it something other than POLST).
POLST is for people who are seriously ill or have advanced frailty. If you are healthy, an advance directive is appropriate. POLST forms and advance directives are both advance care plans but they are not the same.
POLST forms communicate treatment wishes. It shares what you want during an expected emergency (based on your current medical condition) and your goals of treatment with other providers.
POLST forms are medical orders: must be completed & signed by provider to be valid. The form is completed by your health care provider after discussing what is important to you, your current diagnosis, what is likely to happen in the future and what your treatment options are.
POLST is voluntary. It should be your choice to have a POLST form —you should never be forced to have a POLST form.
POLST varies by state. Click on your state here to learn where it is available.
Talk to your health care team if you would like a POLST form.