Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Webinar: The POLST Paradigm in Nursing Homes

Holly Harmon

The National Nursing Home Social Work Network offers this 45 minute webinar on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 3:00 PM  Eastern time. POLST stands for "Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment." The POLST paradigm is a system for increasing the chances that people who are in frail health get the type of medical care they prefer. It includes a medical order that communicates the patient preferences regarding attempting CPR and artificial nutrition through tubes.

The presentation will describe the POLST paradigm and its rationale, discuss the extent to which it is being followed in states. The three presenters are working together on a Hartford Change AGEnts Action Award, and will share insights from using POLST in two nursing homes. Speakers: Jane Dohrmann, MSW, Program Director, Honoring Your Wishes (http://iowacityhospice.org/honoring-your-wishes/), Nicole Peterson, advance practice nurse at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and Mercedes Bern-Klug, University of Iowa School of Social Work.

There is no cost to attend the webinar. Click here to register https://uiowa-schoolofsocialwork.webex.com/uiowa-schoolofsocialwork/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7d713be7817d8fe55c520254b5a17f96

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