On Monday the 15th, HFMVA’s medics received training on the New York State MOLST form, whose acronym name stands for “Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment”. Since its introduction earlier in 2008, this form is being used with increasing frequency in lieu of a traditional non-hospital DNR (do not resuscitate) form. Additionally, it offers several new ways for patients to express their wishes regarding end-of-life care and life support.

If you or a family member have a MOLST form or Non-Hospital DNR, HFMVA encourages you to place it on your refrigerator or store it with your daily medications. This will make it easy for our crewmembers to find, ensuring that we are able to carry out each patient’s wishes. Also, please remember that only MOLST forms or Non-Hosptial DNRs can be honored by EMTs; state law does not allow medics to interpret living wills or healthcare proxy documents.

While it can be a difficult subject, we hope that you will consider important documents like these (including reviewing them with your physician and posting them prominently) as part of an emergency plan for your family and loved ones.

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