Applying End-of-Life Documents in the Real World

Ferdinando L. Mirarchi, DO

Disclosures

November 09, 2015

Making Sense of POLST and Other Documents

Editor's Note: Ferdinando Mirarchi, DO, is the lead investigator of The Realistic Interpretation of Advance Directives (TRIAD) studies,[1] a series of studies that have examined the implications of advanced directives—including problems that can arise with misinterpretation. How well do you apply these important documents to real-world clinical cases?

Patient #1

A patient presents with a valid and legal Physician's Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) document (Figure 1).

Figure 1

POLST document.

Comments

3090D553-9492-4563-8681-AD288FA52ACE
Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.
Post as:

processing....