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In Oregon, end of life orders help people avoid the ICU

NPR, June 10, 2014
Do you know how or where you want to die? At home? In a hospital? What measures you want doctors to take to prolong your life? In Oregon and more than a dozen other states, adults who are old and frail have been answering these questions and doctors write them up as orders. Those doctor-backed instructions help protect people from unwanted medical intervention, a study finds. In Oregon these instructions are called Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST. The orders are few, simple and to the point. You can request or refuse CPR or intensive care.