Identifying Your Medical Care Wishes

Two important documents identify your medical care wishes: a Medical Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) and an advance directive.

The MOLST form is a medical order that directs whether healthcare professionals should perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other life-sustaining treatments. Whereas, the advance directive identifies and informs your loved ones what type of care you would like at the end of life.

A MOLST is filled out and signed by a healthcare provider and signed by you. The first section of the document instructs emergency medical personnel to provide resuscitation or comfort care in the event you were to go into cardiac or pulmonary arrest. The second section instructs healthcare personnel what, if any, life-sustaining measures you wish to receive.

An advance directive is a legal document signed by two witnesses. The first section of the document is the identification of the healthcare agent; this identifies who you want to make medical decisions for you. The second section is also known as a living will and identifies what approach to care you wish to receive at the end of life.

These documents can offer peace of mind to you and your loved ones by knowing you have shared your healthcare choices in the event you are unable to do so yourself.

If you or someone you know would like assistance with filling out a MOLST or advance directive, please call BridgingLife at 410-871-8000 and ask for the palliative care team.

Jenifer Garner, C.R.N.P., is the director of palliative care at BridgingLife.

From the spring 2022 issue of DASH, BridgingLife’s community newsletter

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