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
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.