The Power of POLST

At first glance, a POLST is just a bright pink form — but it is soon discovered to be a lifeline for patients and their families.

A physician orders for life sustaining treatment — or POLST — form specifies the types of medical treatment that a patient wishes to receive toward the end of their life. It is the only physician order that is signed by both doctor and patient, intended to prevent unwanted or medically ineffective treatment, reduce patient and family suffering, and help ensure that patients’ wishes are honored. Read more.