Tag Archives: advance care directives

Developing POLST Forms in Illinois

What is a POLST form? The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is an advance directive-like, portable form used in many states across the US. Over a year ago, it was made legal for use in Illinois. The form allows for patients with their doctor’s input to put their end-of-life decisions into medical orders […]



Exploring Organ Donation

Contributed By: Amy Kroos, Registered Nurse – OSF Saint Anthony Palliative Care Organ Donation Facts According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there are more than 116,000 persons on the national transplant waiting list. 20 persons die each day waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Every 14 minutes, a new name is added […]



Patient Finds Peace With Advance Care Planning

Connie Dullard of Morton has long been a champion of advance care planning, and her children have long known her wishes about what life-sustaining treatments she does and doesn’t want. So she was shocked when a staff member at Illinois Lung & Critical Care Institute mentioned she had no advance directives in her electronic medical […]



Importance of the Advance Care Planning Discussion (Part II)

Editor’s Note: This post is the second in a two-part series about the importance of discussing a patient’s wishes during the advance care planning process. This part speaks more to patients and families while the first part was directed toward doctors and caregivers. Your mom, your spouse, your best friend tells you, “I have an […]



Importance of the Advance Care Planning Discussion (Part I)

Editor’s Note: This post is the first in a two-part series about the importance of discussing a patient’s wishes during the advance care planning process. The first part speaks more to doctors, nurses and caregivers while the second part will be directed to patients and families. The question is often asked, “Isn’t a signed Power […]