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TRIAD VII: do prehospital providers understand Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment documents?

Mirarchi FL, Cammarata C, Zerkle SW, Cooney TE, Chenault J, Basnak D. TRIAD VII: do prehospital providers understand Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment documents?. J Patient Saf. 2015;11(1):9-17. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000164

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March 11, 2015
Mirarchi FL, Cammarata C, Zerkle SW, et al. J Patient Saf. 2015;11(1):9-17.

This survey of emergency department physicians found that significant confusion in understanding of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) documents exists. The authors suggest that additional research and training are required to protect patients' decisions. A related study revealed variation in interpretations of POLST orders by prehospital emergency responders. A previous AHRQ WebM&M commentary discusses how confusion in resuscitation status can result in a patient receiving unwanted care.

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Mirarchi FL, Cammarata C, Zerkle SW, Cooney TE, Chenault J, Basnak D. TRIAD VII: do prehospital providers understand Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment documents?. J Patient Saf. 2015;11(1):9-17. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000164

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