MOLST Sheets


Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

The Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. MOLST is New York State’s Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Program. These programs are based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored form, and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes.

The MOLST Program:

 • Assists health care professionals discuss and develop treatment plans that reflect patient wishes.

 • Results in the completion of the MOLST form.

• Helps physicians, nurses, health care facilities and emergency personnel honor patient wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments.

MOLST is based on communication between the patient or spokesperson and health care professionals to ensure informed medical decision-making.

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