OHSU has taken a new step in making sure that end-of-life care wishes of OHSU patients are honored, creating a new feature where health professionals can electronically find any Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, form in the Oregon POLST registry, regardless of where it was received.

“POLST forms allow patients to work with their health care team to thoughtfully document the medical orders for the care they wish to receive when nearing the end of life,” says Susan Tolle, M.D., director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care at OHSU and professor of medicine (general internal medicine and geriatrics) in the OHSU School of Medicine. “But POLST forms only work if health care professionals can find these orders quickly, particularly in emergency situations.

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