Answer: Your Mother trusted your judgment above everyone else. I am sure you honored her well. Yet, I understand your desire for more specific directions. It is not easy making important end of life treatment decisions, without a script. Fortunately, since 2012, there is an additional form to help fill in the blanks left with a basic Health Care Proxy document.
A MOLST form, instructs health professionals about a patient’s decision to accept or deny certain life sustaining medical treatment. MOLST is an acronym which stands for Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Completed together with a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner, the form captures a patient’s desires for or against:
- CPR Resuscitation;
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