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Study Finds Emergency Doctors and Paramedics Commonly Misinterpret Documents for End-of-Life Care Choices, Reports Journal of Patient Safety

(Newswise) – Emergency care providers vary in their understanding of a type of medical order intended to communicate seriously ill patients’ choices for life-sustaining treatments, according to a pair of studies in the March Journal of Patient Safety. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. The studies show “significant confusion” among emergency physicians and prehospital care providers in interpreting the universal end-of-life care documents, called Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).

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