National, state and local organizations have joined together to ensure that all adults have the opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions. Too often, someone’s wishes are not known and steps are taken during a critical medical situation that he or she would not have wanted.
Have you done any advance healthcare planning? Do you even know what your choices are? Have you prepared an advance healthcare directive and shared its contents with your loved ones?
The objectives of the National Healthcare Decisions Day are to provide information to the public and improve the ability of healthcare facilities and providers to offer guidance about advance healthcare planning to their patients.
Don’t force your family to make end of life decisions for you. Tell them what you want and confirm your choices in writing with a living will or other advance directive document. Make April 16th the day you have a discussion with your family, convey your wishes and sign the necessary paperwork.
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MOLST (Medical orders for life sustaining treatments) has taken the place of the Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Verification. However, existing DNRs will be honored.
Where do you get the form
You can find it on the mass.gov site or you can get it from your physician.
Who signs the form
The form is signed by the physician, a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant and the patient.
Who can request the form
Any adult can complete a MOLST form.
The Comfort Care/DNR verification is the only document that EMS personnel can use to verify a DNR order is valid. If a person has a MOLST, the form itself can be used.
How do you obtain a DNR or MOLST bracelet
Your physician must order a DNR bracelet for you. The MOLST application contains bracelet inserts that can be used in generic wrist bracelets.
Revoking a DNR or MOLST
An EMS/DNR Order or MOLST may be revoked at any time.
Photocopies of the form or the bracelet inserts are considered authentic DNR or MOLST documents. Because EMTs are trained to look for a bright pink form in outpatient settings, it is highly recommended that a bright pink-colored DNR or MOLST form stays with the patient at all times.
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Who signs the form
The physician will sign the form.
Who can request a DNR
Any patient who has a medical condition which can be expected to result in imminent death or for whom CPR would be medically futile because it might only restore cardiac and respiratory function for a brief period of time. A legal representative can also request a DNR for a patient who is in a vegetative or other unconscious state.
There is no requirement for a patient to wear a DNR identification bracelet but it is acceptalbe if the patient chooses to do so. However, there are specific guidelines. The bracelet must be similar to identification bracelets worn in hospitals and must provide the following information in boldface type: DO NOT RESUSCITATE ORDER. Patient’s name: _____________; authorized person’s name and phone number, if applicable; patient’s physician’s printed name and phone number; date of order not to resuscitate.
How do you obtain a DNR bracelet
For assistance with finding a vendor for bracelets or necklaces, contact the Office of Regulatory Services at (404) 657-4076.
Revoking a DNR
You, or your designated health care agent, can give different instructions at any time, either orally, or by notifying your physician in writing.
You can make a photocopy of the original DNR form.