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Making Advance Care Planning Choices - Edina

March 20, 2013
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Normandale Lutheran Church
6100 Normandale Road
Edina, MN 55436



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More about POLST
First, at both sessions we discussed POLST forms. We want to add a bit of information to that discussion:

What are the primary differences between an Advance Directive and a POLST form?

Advance Directive

  • For anyone 18 and older
  • Provides instructions for future treatment
  • Appoints a Health Care Representative
  • Does not guide Emergency Medical Personnel
  • Guides inpatient treatment decisions when made available


  • For persons with advanced illness - at any age
  • Provides medical orders for current treatment
  • Guides actions by Emergency Medical Personnel when made available
  • Guides inpatient treatment decisions when made available

How Does POLST Work?

  • The POLST form is a medical order indicating a patient's wishes regarding treatments that are commonly used in a medical crisis. As a medical order, emergency personnel - such as paramedics, EMTs, and emergency physicians - must follow these orders. Without a POLST form, paramedics and EMTs are required to provide every possible medical treatment to sustain life.
  • POLST is also helpful in guiding treatment after the initial emergency. The brightly colored form gives you a way to tell doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals what types of treatment you do and do not want. It is important that POLST orders show what treatments you want now, in your current state of health


Wallet Cards
Second, a participant at one of the forums provided information about wallet cards that has information about your advance directive. Information about it can be found on the National Institute on Aging website. A PDF of the wallet card can be downloaded directly here: