The Oregon POLST Coalition has been working hard on quality improvement for the program, and revising the POLST form.
Policy Recommendation for Quality Measures
Adapted from Charlie Sabatino's "POLST: The Seven Deadly Sins," the Oregon POLST Coalition approved the policy recommendation for Quality Measures. This policy was based on a quality improvement initiative to reduce the use of POLST in those who are "too healthy" to have a POLST form.
Recommendation for Future Form Revision:
Remove Section C On June 21, the Oregon POLST Coalition approved the removal of Section C (Artificially Administered Nutrition) from future versions of the Oregon POLST™ form. Currently, there is no timeline for the next form revision.
A message from Dana Zive, Director, Oregon POLST Registry
The last year was one of continued growth for the Registry in nearly all aspects - form volume, emergent, and business office POLST requests, business office calls, new Registrants, new partnerships, and new technologies. The Registry team continues to be grateful for the support of the Oregon Health Authority, the OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine, the OHSU Emergency Communication Center, the Oregon POLST Program, and the thousands of health care professionals who help to expand access to patient wishes for end of life treatment by submitting POLST forms to the Registry.
The Oregon POLST Registry continues to be unique, and remains the only legislatively-mandated and funded statewide Registry of its kind. Its ongoing utilization for patient treatment, health care provider decision making, quality assurance and improvement, and research continue to demonstrate its impact on end of life treatment and policy in Oregon, and across the nation.
I am honored to work with the dedicated group of people who operate and support the Oregon POLST Registry, and am pleased to present our 2017 Annual Report.