Oregon POLST Resources for POLST Completion & Submission
One-page Summary of Changes in the 2023 POLST Form
Determining Statutory Appointment of Health Care Representative Without Written Appointment
ORS 127.635(2)(a-g) – Statutory appointment of health care representative without written appointment
POLST Guidelines for Patients with Significant Disabilities
Note: Health care professionals are advised against the use of POLST in those individuals with stable disabilities who do not have a serious illness that is in the advanced stages. See the Oregon DHS Office of Developmental Disabilities Services fact sheet on POLST use.
Oregon POLST Registry's Submission Requirements & Instructions
Oregon Dept of Human Services - Policy & Alerts for Long-Term Care Facilities
DHS POLST Policy: Expectations of DSPs (Direct Support Professionals) Supporting Individuals in 24-Hour Residential Program Settings when there is a POLST (Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) or DNR (Do Not Resuscitate). 2020.02.07 ODDS New Policy Transmittal pt20011
- Administrative Alert for Adult Foster Homes (Updated February 22, 2019) 2019.02.22 AFH alert 19-0222 POLST
- Administrative Alert for Community Based Care Facilities (Updated April 7, 2020) 2020.04.07 Community Based Provider alert POLST guidance
- Administrative Alert for Nursing Facilities (Updated February 21, 2019) 2019.02.21 NF-19-36 New POLST Form and Resources
POLST Guidance for Oregon's Health Care Professionals
Appropriate Use of Oregon's POLST Form by The Oregon Medical Board
POLST Information for Patients & Family Members in English & Spanish
POLST forms should be offered to patients with advanced illness or who are older and frail and may or may not want all forms of medical treatment.
For the factsheet in Spanish, click HERE.
Where can I see Laws and Regulations related to POLST Use in Oregon?
To find Laws and Regulations related to POLST Use in Oregon, click >>HERE<<.
When should an interpreter assist in POLST completion?
Health care interpreter services should be used when the patient and/or family/surrogate has limited English proficiency. The signed version of the POLST form must be completed in English, so emergency medical personnel can understand and follow these medical orders.
Translated versions of the Oregon POLST form are available for educational purposes only. An educational factsheet for patients explaining POLST and educational videos in Spanish are available at our webpage: Español.
Can a health care surrogate/representative be appointed on a POLST form?
No. Only an Advance Directive may be used to appoint a health surrogate who can create or void an Oregon POLST form for a person without capacity.
Where can I find additional resources for health care professionals?
Additional resources for health care professionals are on our Resources webpage.
Translated Versions of the Current (2019) Oregon POLST Form for Educational Purposes Only to Download & Print
- Chinese (Traditional)
- Chinese (Simplified)
- French (European)
These translated versions of the Oregon POLST form are not valid forms. They are for educational purposes only. Translated versions are offered to improve POLST health literacy during conversations among health care professionals, their patients and health surrogates.
A signed POLST must be in English, so emergency personnel can read and follow the orders.