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Hospital Sanctioned for Patients Lacking POLST

Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown, Maryland received this statement of deficiencies compiled by health inspectors for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“Based on observation, medical record review, and interview of the licensed nursing and risk management staff, it was determined that not all patients consistently had . . . MOLST . . . .

3.) Patient #8 . . .  Review of the medical record on 11/12/14 revealed that there was no Maryland Order
for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) form to indicate the patient’s wishes. . . .

“Failure to ensure in advance that patients and their representatives receive patient right’s information potentially places patients at risk for having care not wanted or care wanted but not provided.”

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