What is a POLST Form?
What is a POLST form?
POLST is short for Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. A POLST is a green form that provides a summary of your treatment preferences in an emergency. It covers wishes regarding resuscitation and different levels of medical interventions.
Is completing a POLST form voluntary?
Yes. Completing a POLST form is voluntary.
How does a POLST form interact with my estate planning documents?
A POLST form does not replace a will, durable power of attorney for health care, or advance directive document. Instead, it helps health care providers honor your wishes in an emergency.
Can I revoke a POLST form?
Yes, a POLST form may be revoked. There are different methods of revoking the form.
Are there signature requirements?
In Washington, a medical provider (physician, ARNP, or PA-C) needs to sign the POLST form. You (or someone who can sign the form on your behalf) need to sign the form as well.
Where should I keep a POLST form?
A POLST form should be kept in a visible location. This form is meant to be accessible to emergency personnel. Some people put the form on their refrigerator or next to the front door.
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Ruth A. Harper
I'm a Pacific Northwest attorney, and my focus is on estate planning and elder law. My interest in these fields grew out of my experience with aging relatives and family members with special needs.
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