Printable forms for POLST, Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, are found in PDF format at Polst.org, according to the National POLST Paradigm Task Force. They also exist on such state-specific websites as the Minnesota Medical Association and the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
The POLST Paradigm Task Force is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving care for patients who suffer from serious illness or frailty, explains its website. Its methods focus on comprehensive conversations and planning between health care providers and patients, as well as clinical research designed to empower health professionals to offer the best advice for each patient.
The POLST form is a legally binding physician’s order that specifies the types of treatment a patient with long-term illness or frailty desires, notes the National POLST Paradigm Task Force. Options include different ranges of treatment, from full to comfort-based; types of artificially administered nutrition; and even whether emergency personnel may administer CPR to resuscitate a patient found without a pulse.