California POLST: Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment
Washington POLST: Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment
The POLST form is designed to transfer across treatment settings, so it is readily available to medical personal, including EMTs, emergency physicians and nursing staff.The POLST form accomplishes two major purposes:
POLST is an approach to improving end-of-life care in the United States, encouraging providers to speak with patients and create specific medical orders to be honored by health care workers during a medical crisis.
POLST stands for Physician's Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. In some states it is called by a different name such as POST, MOLST, MOST, etc.In this discussion all such forms are referred to as POLST. The POLST is generally a one page, two-sided uniquely identifiable form.