Applying End-of-Life Documents in the Real World

Ferdinando L. Mirarchi, DO


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.


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