What is POLST?
POLST stands for Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. It is a voluntary form that turns your wishes for treatment into a medical order.
It is meant for people with a serious illness, such as advanced heart disease, advanced lung disease, or cancer that has spread. It is also for people who are older and frail and might not want all medical treatments.
The POLST form:
Guides treatment decisions if you later lose the ability to speak for yourself
Gives you more control over the treatments you do or do not want to receive in a medical emergency
Is completed with a doctor*
Does not replace an advance directive
2019 Oregon POLST form
* “Doctor" refers to who can sign a POLST form. POLST forms need a physician (M.D. or D.O.), nurse practitioner (N.P.), physician assistant (P.A.), or doctor of naturopathy (N.D.) signature.