Helpful forms for end-of-life concerns

01/29/2012 12:00 AM

01/29/2012 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.

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

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.

– Anita Creamer

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