The Washington POLST clinician toolkit: Best practices to ensure person-centered care

July 15, 2021

Honoring Choices PNW is pleased to present the Washington POLST Clinician Toolkit at an upcoming webinar from 12-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5. POLST refers to Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. Register online here.

Washington POLST Task Force Co-Chair and palliative care nurse practitioner Sharmon Figenshaw, ARNP, and Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest’s Kelsey Stufflebeam, MHA, will outline new resources that physicians, advanced practitioners and other members of the health care team can use to promote advance care planning, hold goals-of-care conversations and complete POLST.

Sharmon Figenshaw, ARNP, will review how to find guidance in the new POLST clinician toolkit for many aspects of using POLST, including who should be offered a POLST, how to apply clinical decision-making to know when and how to offer POLST, how to avoid pitfalls in the clinical use of POLST, and how to ensure a POLST reflects a person’s goals. Sharmon will explain how to use a goals-of-care conversation in conjunction with the POLST Completion Guide to provide whole-person care and ensure people with serious illness receive care that is consistent with their values and goals.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Register online.


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