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What is the difference between....

POLSTs, DNRs, HCPOAs, and Advance Directives?

What is the Difference between the Forms?

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment
  • A 1-2 page document that specifies the end-of-life treatments that someone does or does not want.
  • Gives directions to medical personnel on treatment orders such as CPR, medical interventions, and artificially administered nutrition.
  • Signed by a Physician (or Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant in certain states).
  • Is a medical order which health care personnel must follow.
  • Recommended for a patient with a serious medical condition, which may include advanced frailty, of any age.
Do Not Resuscitate Form
  • A signed medical order that tells medical personnel not to administer CPR.
  • Does not affect other treatments, such as pain medicine, other medicines, or nutrition.
  • Unlike a POLST, a DNR only gives instructions about CPR.
Advance Directive
  • Outlines how you wish to proceed with your health care in the event you become unable to voice your opinion.
  • Can elect a surrogate to make health care decisions when the patient is unable to do so.
  • Every person over the age of 18 should have an advance directive whether sick or healthy.
Healthcare Power Of Attorney
  • Designates a person to make your decisions in the event of incapacity.