A Medical Orders for LifeSustaining Treatment form helps individuals faced with a health crisis address the limitations of a health care proxy or living will. “It’s a real important document – especially when the health care proxy doesn’t follow your wishes,” Fitzpatrick said. “Any patient over 65 or who has any kind of chronic medical condition that’s getting more serious should complete a MOLST form.”
The form can include Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Do Not Intubate (DNI) orders, direct health providers about whether a feeding tube or ventilator should be used as part of life-sustaining treatment, and whether a hospital transport need not be undertaken under certain circumstances.
The MOLST can be updated anytime, particularly when there’s a big change in a medical condition or someone gets admitted to the hospital, Fitzpatrick said. It becomes part of an electronic medical record. Still, he and Bomba said, the completed hot pink-colored form, along with a health care proxy, should be readily available in case of emergency, and taken on vacations and during trips