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POLST Resources

The POLST Program

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a program designed to help Health Care Professionals honor the treatment wishes of their patients (See History of the POLST, page 20). Its purpose is to:

  • Promote a patient’s autonomy by creating medical orders that reflect the patient’s current treatment preferences.
  • Facilitate appropriate treatment by emergency medicine and EMS personnel.
  • Assist parents of minor children and guardians of seriously ill minors or protected persons to express wishes and intentions for treatment.
  • Be compliant with HIPAA in the transfer of patient records between Health Care Professionals and health care settings.

POLST Guidebook & Website

The "POLST Guidance for Oregon’s Health Care Professionals" guidebook is a great resource for all health care professionals regarding the POLST program, the POLST form and much more. If you are a health care professional who will have any encounters with the POLST program, you should make sure you are familiar with the rules and regulations within the guide book.

You can also find out more information at the Oregon POLST website

A new guidebook for health care professionals, which describes the POLST form, how to complete it and how to implement it, is located on the POLST website here.

POLST Professional Resource Library.

The Oregon POLST program provides educational tools for healthcare professionals as well as patients and families.

The Oregon POLST Coalition

The Oregon POLST Coalition is comprised of representatives from stakeholder organizations and agencies. The current NPO representative to the Oregon POLST Coalition and the Chair of Quality Improvement Committee is Pam Hiransomboon-Vogel, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACHPN.

POLST Brochure

You can get an overview of the POLST program by downloading the POLST Brochure here.


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