Oregon POLST Program

Spring 2016

Oregon POLST Program News
Recent Press
Oregon has better cardiac arrest survival and lower rates of CPR in Nursing Homes
In addition to an outstanding statewide EMS system, the POLST Program likely contributes to the 50% better survival rates of out of hospital arrest with CPR in Oregon vs national data (15.4% vs 10.6%) and with better cognitive outcomes.  For those nearing the end of their lives who do not want CPR (often with low odds of survival if we tried), the POLST Program makes it possible for them to refuse CPR (removing people with a poorer prognosis from these statistics likely contributes to Oregon’s improved resuscitation rates).  Note the low rate of attempted resuscitation in Oregon Nursing homes (6.2% vs 10.6%).  In 2015, only 120 attempted resuscitations were done in Oregon skilled nursing facilities (and some/most may have wanted CPR or not planned ahead to avoid it).  Being able to find POLST orders in a crisis via the Registry also helps assure that patient preferences are honored.  Click here to view the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) 2015 report.
National POLST Honors Oregon's Service

The “Flame of Excellence” was presented to Dr. Susan Tolle at the 2016 national POLST conference to honor Oregon's outstanding service in support of the National POLST Paradigm. Four Oregon leaders have made major contributions to the national advancement of the POLST Paradigm by serving as consultants to other states.  
Pictured left to right: Margaret Carley, JD, Patrick Dunn, MD, Susan Tolle, MD, Terri Schmidt, MD
Updated Oregon POLST Website 

The Oregon POLST website has been updated with a new landing page that highlights upcoming events.  We've also updated our history section with a detailed timeline and created resource libraries.  Here's a list of the updated pages.
Oregon POLST Registry Bi-Annual Newsletter

Click here to view the Oregon POLST Registry Bi-Annual Newsletter. For more information visit the Oregon POLST Registry website at  
Upcoming Events 

May 18, 2016:  POLST the Advanced Course: When Patients and Families Disagree in a Crisis 
This presentation is FREE and designed for health care professionals with an advanced level of experience using POLST.  Click here to view the flyer.

June 17, 2016:  Palliative Care Statewide Conference: Palliative Care for All: Expanding our Reach

Click here to register and here to view the brochure.

  • Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Location: Lane Community College, Center for Meeting and Learning 4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405
  • Contact Margaret Jeppesen at for more details.

Valerie M. Jimenez
Oregon POLST Program Coordinator
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Pk Rd
Mail Code: UHN-86 Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503-494-4426
Fax: 503-494-1260


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