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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

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