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Zive D, Newgard CD, Lin A
Injured older adults transported by emergency medical services: one year outcomes by POLST status.
Advance care planning documents, including Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), are intended to guide care near end of life, particularly in emergency situations. Yet, research on POLST during emergency care is sparse. This study examined one year outcomes, by Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment status, of injured adults transported by EMS. The investigators concluded that among injured older adults transported by ambulance in Oregon, one in 5 had an active POLST form at the time of 9-1-1 contact, the prevalence of which increased over the following year.
Citation: Zive D, Newgard CD, Lin A . Injured older adults transported by emergency medical services: one year outcomes by POLST status. Prehosp Emerg Care 2020 Mar-Apr;24(2):257-64. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2019.1615154..
Keywords: Elderly, Injuries and Wounds, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Department