Commissioner O’Dowd and Steering Committee to Unveil New Jersey’s POLST Form
New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd and members of the POLST Steering Committee led by the NJHA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety will unveil New Jersey's new POLST form Feb. 22 at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton. POLST - Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment - is a new statewide program to empower individuals to make decisions regarding their medical care at the end of life. The new POLST form is designed to be completed jointly by an individual and a physician or advance practice nurse, detailing the individual's goals of care and medical preferences. Unlike other documents like an Advance Directive, a completed POLST form is an actual medical order that becomes a permanent part of the individual's medical record and is valid in all healthcare settings. The POLST form is intended for patients with a life-limiting illness; it allows them to state detailed preferences on specific goals and medical interventions.