Oregon POLST Program

March 25, 2020

Oregon POLST® Program News
POLST Use in an Emergency
Communicating in a Crisis: Skills to Honor the Previously Determined Preferences for Medical Care
Emergency Department Physicians Request Training
Katie Stowers, DO, demonstrates practical communication techniques for having conversations about goals of care with seriously ill patients (and their surrogates) who have pre-existing POLST orders to limit treatments. Here she shares a video presentation and a downloadable pocket card with communication strategies informed by the VitalTalk method.
Dr. Stowers is the Ronald W. Naito Director in Serious Illness Education and Associate Director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care.
Healthcare Communication in a Time of Resource Shortage
Our compassionate communication skills are tested with new resource limitations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care produced a 7-minute video titled: "Healthcare Communication in a Time of Resource Shortage." It provides suggested language to respond compassionately while explaining disappointing news.  

This presentation is presented by David Clarke, MD, Assistant Director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care.

Caring for Yourself and Caring for Others During a Disaster/Epidemic
During this unprecedented time in modern history, "Caring for Yourself and Caring for Others During a Disaster/Epidemic" can seem impossible. This video presentation offers helpful reminders for each one of us, as we work to meet the challenge. Susan Hedlund, LCSW, OSW-C shares her decades of experience in national disaster relief work and leads us through problems and solutions with clarity and a sense of calm.
Health Care Professionals are Under Stress
Susan Hedlund is a Senior Scholar in the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care and Director of Patient/Family Support Services at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.
Oregon POLST Registry:
2019 Annual Report

The Oregon POLST Registry has recently released its Annual Report for 2019. The Registry is supported by the Oregon Health Authority under the direction of Abby Dotson, PhD.
Figure 1c. Cumulative Section A Medical Orders by Year demonstrates how beginning in 2017 Quality Improvement measures and renewed education can bend the curve and help decrease the number of POLST forms completed for those individuals who are "too healthy."

The OHSU Center for Ethics does not fund the day-to-day operations of the Registry. The Center is the administrative home of the Oregon POLST Program, which funds the work of the Oregon POLST Coalition, including statewide education, research and innovation that facilitate the POLST Program and the Registry’s success.
Anthony Antoville, BFA, CMC
Executive Director, Oregon POLST Program
OHSU - Center for Ethics in Health Care
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, UHN-86
Portland, OR 97239
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