The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Kit is now available in Spanish. POLST is a legally recognized document, similar to the widely used "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) orders. The POLST form, used for patients with a serious illness or whose life expectancy is a year or less, outlines a plan of care reflecting the patient's wishes concerning medical treatment and interventions at life's end. The POLST form compliments an advance directive by turning a patient's treatment preferences into actionable medical orders.
The Spanish POLST Kit encourages communication between physicians, patients and other members of the health care team, facilitates informed decision making and promotes accurate communication of patient wishes and physician orders across treatment settings and among health care providers. The Spanish POLST Kit conveniently includes easily identified wallet cards, answers to commonly asked questions, a notes section and both the Spanish and English POLST forms.