Comfort Care Only – Do Not Resuscitate Information

The Comfort Care Only-Do Not Resuscitate Program has been suspended indefinitely.

POLST or Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

On July 16, 2009, POLST became law without the Governor’s signature as Act 186, (Gov. Msg. No. 543).

POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a physician’s order that gives patients more control over their end-of-life care. It specifies the types of treatments that a patient wishes to receive towards the end of life. Completing a POLST form encourages communication between healthcare providers and patients, enabling patients to make more informed decisions. The POLST form documents those decisions in a clear manner and can be quickly understood by all providers, including first responders and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. As a result, the patient’s wishes can be honored across all settings of care.

Kokua Mau is the lead agency for POLST. For more information about POLST,
visit or contact them at (808) 585-9977.

Hawaii POLST Form – Download/save a copy of the POLST Form.

A Provider’s Guide to POLST – Download/save a copy of this Guide.


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