As you work with treatment, you will be asked to complete one or more Advanced Directives – your choices about how and how extensively you would like to be treated in a serious medical situation and unable to make decisions for yourself. It provides instructions about what you would want done or not done about life-sustaining treatment and other health care issues. Talk with your family, friends, and physicians about your advance directive. Be sure the person you appoint to make decisions on your behalf understands your wishes and has copies of your forms.
Examples of advance directives include health care directives, living wills (called declarations in Montana), health care (medical) powers of attorney, and provider orders for life sustaining treatment (POLST). Here are three common Advance Directives used in Montana:
The Montana End-of-Life Registry
The Montana End-of-Life Registry electronically stores advance directives
and allows registered health care providers and consumers access to them. It is
overseen by the Attorney General’s Office.
Montana Provider Orders For
Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
The provider should review the POLST form: each time a patient is admitted
to a facility, any time there is a substantial change in the patient’s health status,
or any time the patient’s treatment preferences change.
- Referrals can be made by your health care provider, and should be done BEFORE treatment for some types of cancer.
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