DNR vs POLST OR MOST

The word for today is DYING.  Many of us are familiar with the form titled “DNR” The DNR is only a decision about CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It does not affect any other treatments, such as pain medicine, routine medicines, or nutrition.  There are several new forms most states are now implementing.  POLST which stands for Physician Orders for life-sustaining treatment or MOST which stands for Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment. The POLST decision‐making process and resulting medical orders are intended for patients who are considered to be at risk for a life‐threatening clinical event because they have a serious life‐limiting medical condition, which may include advanced frailty. The POLST form contains 3 or 4 sections, each addressing a different aspect of end-of-life medical care. The POLST lets you choose which level of treatment you would like to receive in a medical emergency from: no treatment at all to full treatment.   Both a DNR and a POLST form must be signed by a physician, and emergency personnel are required to abide by the form.  A living will is NOT required to be followed by emergency personnel. Please be an advocate for your loved ones!  Psalm 90:12 reminds us, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”