Advance Care Planning Month
Have you heard about North Dakota POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)?
What is it?
- Nationally recognized portable medical order that translates the patient’s wishes into a treatment plan
- It’s Not for everyone
- Not the same as the advance directive
- Not the same as the living will
- This allows Emergency Medical Services to follow the directives of ND POLST
- Helps to transition Code Status numbers (such as Code 1, Code 2) to nationally recognized terms ( Attempt CPR, Do Not Attempt Resuscitation/Allow Natural Death)
- DNR does not mean do not treat. POLST allows patients to have any level of treatment they want, as outlined on the POLST form
Why should you know about POLST?
- Stimulates early conversations about life-sustaining treatment and code status
- Not just a checklist order form
- More inclusive than just a code status
- Reflects shared decision
- Ensures seamless transfers across settings that improve continuity of care
- North Dakota’s POLST program and form have been nationally endorsed
- North Dakota has a statewide POLST workgroup
- Working towards one medical order form that everyone knows and uses statewide
DON’T FORGET APRIL IS Advance Care Planning Month: NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY- APRIL 16TH.
Visit the website: Honoring Choices® North Dakota/POLST
For more information or to schedule a live webinar in-service, contact: Nancy Joyner, Program Coordinator, Nancy.firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-779-5037