Directions for Health Care Professionals
Must be completed by a health care professional based on patient preferences, patient best interest, and medical
To be valid. POST must be signed by a physician or, at discharge or transfer from a hospital or long term care facility, by a
nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), or physician assistant (PA). Verbal orders are acceptable with followup signature by physician in accordance with facility/community policy.
Photocopies/faxes of signed POST forms are legal and valid.
Any incomplete section of POST implies full treatment for that section.
No defibrillator (including AEDs) should be used on a person who has chosen “Do Not Attempt Resuscitation”.
Oral fluids and nutrition must always be offered if medically feasible.
When comfort cannot be achieved in the current setting, the person, including someone with “Comfort Measures Only”,
should be transferred to a setting able to provide c