Patient & Family Resources


Patient & Family Resources


What is POLST?

POLST is a medical order for people with serious illness or frailty. If you are someone with a serious illness you can complete a POLST Form with your health care professional to direct the kinds of treatment you want in a medical crisis. POLST orders give you more control over the treatments you do or do not want to receive in an emergency situation. The form works to guide treatment decisions if you later lose the ability to speak for yourself.

Understanding POLST:

Healthy people may find the narrator’s speech slow.  Please note that according to health literacy specialists, the speed of speech is appropriate.  This is especially true for new and challenging health information. It is our intention to reach people who might never have experienced this terminology before and who are seriously ill or frail and slower in their thinking.  For those people, the slower pace may be just right.