Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

POLST – Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment -in New Jersey
POLST – Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment -in Pennsylvania
The goal of the POLST paradigm is to effectively communicate the wishes of seriously ill patients to have or to limit medical treatment as they move from one care setting to another. POLST is a voluntary process that:
  • Translates a patient’s goals for care at the end of life into medical orders that follow the patient across care settings;
  • Consists of physician orders (in NJ a physician or advance practice nurse) that are based on a patient’s medical condition and his/her treatment choices as established in communication between the patient or the legal decision maker and a health care professional;
  • Is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life by turning patient goals and preferences for care into medical orders.
The POLST form is not an advance directive. A POLST form represents and summarizes a patient’s wishes in the form of medical orders for end-of-life care. The POLST form is designed to be most effective in emergency medical situations. For more information or to obtain a POLST form, visit the NJ and Pa Department of Health websites listed below:
POLST Resources:
NJSA 26:2H-29, et.seq.-POLST
NJSA 26:2H-58, et.seq.-Advanced Directives
NJSA 26:2H-68, - Do Not Resuscitate Orders
NJSA 46:2B-8.1, et.seq.-Powers of Attorney