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POLST Can Be Dangerous

Anyone who has entered a hospital or health care facility has likely experienced being handed a POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form to fill out. A POLST form is different from an Advance Directive. POLST forms are routinely handed out to patients with the intent that the patient fill them out before receiving care. There is, however, no requirement that a POLST form be filled out!

Filling out a POLST form may actually endanger your life if it

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