Oregon POLST registry secures 18,000 forms

July 2010
Hospice Management Advisor;Jul2010, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p80
The article reports on the collection of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms by the Oregon registry from 18,000 people since December 3, 2009. It states that through the POLST form, precise medical instructions are given to health care professionals at a time when the patient is already incapacitated. Susan Tolle of Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) says that their registry works like a safety deposit box.


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