Tag Archives: Advance Care Planning

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 […]

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 […]

“I Wish They Had Talked” – A Caregiver Story

Editor’s Note: Names and details in the following caregiver story have been altered to protect patient privacy. My involvement with this patient’s care began after his surgery, after he was unable to breathe without a ventilator. Tom was a 69-year-old man who had lived a very active life.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending […]