The MOLST Form

headline_may12.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

The MOLST form, better known as the Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment is an extremely important form that all residents should have in their possession. In fact, most residents have this located behind their front door, and some even have copies around their apartment.

Dr. Landsman provided great insight into what this form was and how important it is to have the most up to date version. Basically, the MOLST form honors patient’s preferences when it comes to the end of their life. Most residents fill out this form with a health care agent or health care professional telling them how they should be taken care of.

During the lecture, Dr. Landsman shows you what the form looks like and goes in detail through each section. Each form must be signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner…even when the form is updated.

Some common questions and sections to fill out on this form are as follows:

  1. Whether or not to give CPR
  2. Are the use of antibiotics available for this patient?
  3. Are they able to give chronic dialysis for end of stage kidney disease?
  4. Can a feeding tube be used if the patient is unable to eat on their own?

 

For more information on the MOLST form along with Advance Directives, tune to Channel 973 on Tuesday, May 16th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The lecture will also be available online the following day at oakcresttv.com

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