October 17, 2012

End-Of-Life Medical Care Initiative Prompts Worries About Abuse

By Kelley Luckstein

A statewide pilot program aimed at getting more people to document their wishes for end-of-life medical care is modeled in part on a successful La Crosse program that has been touted as a national example…Advocates consider the POLST, or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, an important tool that gives chronically and terminally ill patients greater control of their care in the final moments of their lives…"POLSTs lock into place orders that in the moment might not be appropriate and might be dangerous," said Stephen Pavela, an internist with the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, in La Crosse, which has used the POLST since 1997.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by Annysa Johnson

Tags: end-of-life care, Franciscan Healthcare, Issues, Mayo Clinic Health System, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, POLST, Stephen Pavela

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