POLST Update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has updated its Uniform Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Advance Directive form that offers Illinoisans more advance directive health care treatment options and also meets national requirements. 

In addition to indicating patients' CPR preferences, the form allows patients to also indicate their treatment preferences on medical interventions and artificially administered nutrition. The form will be used across the full continuum of care, from EMS to acute hospitals and long-term care facilities. Previously-completed DNR forms remain valid. Hospitals are encouraged to make the new form available for providers and patients.

POLST stands for “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment."  A POLST form is a signed medical order that travels with a person to assure that an individual’s treatment preferences at end-of-life are honored across all settings of care (hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility).

POLST is designed for people who are seriously ill or have a life-limiting illness. It is also appropriate for someone that will lose the ability to make health decisions for themselves, such as someone with dementia.

The POLST form:

  • Allows patients to create medical orders reflecting their treatment wishes at end-of-life.
  • Helps healthcare professionals know and honor the treatment wishes of their patients.
  • Allows emergency medical personnel to facilitate these wishes. 


Updated IDPH Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Advance Directive/POLST Form
Updated IDPH Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Advance Directive/POLST Form - Spanish Version

The POLST form is an advance directive in accordance with Illinois law. It is NOT intended to replace a Power of Attorney for Health Care (POAHC) form, but to be used in addition to this form

If you are interested in learning more about POLST, please visit www.polstil.org.  If you have any questions, please direct them to POLSTIllinois@gmail.com.