Helpful forms for end-of-life concerns

Published: Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 16A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 - 12:20 am

Several legal forms are available online for Californians to download and fill out to make their end-of-life wishes clear to family members and emergency health providers.

Do not resuscitate (DNR) orders let doctors and emergency personnel know that you do not want CPR, defibrillation or intubation.

www.emsa.ca.gov/personnel/files/DNRForm.doc

Advance health care directives designate a surrogate who can make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself.

http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/pdf/ProbateCodeAdvancedHealthCareDirectiveForm-fillable.pdf

Physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) forms let patients delineate their medical choices, including whether they want CPR, fluids and antibiotics. In addition, POLST includes the name and contact information of the legal surrogate named on the advance directive.

www.ohsu.edu/polst/programs/documents/CA_POLST_form2010.pdf

– Anita Creamer

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