End of Life Directives (POLST) & Lifesaving Information For Emergencies

POLST Packets and LIFE Forms

We are happy to provide free Lifesaving Information For Emergencies (LIFE) and Physicians Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) medical form packets to Orcas Island residents.
Visit the fire station from 8 am to 4 pm and ask to pick up a "POLST Packet."
  • In the event of an emergency, the LIFE form provides vital information when it’s needed most.
    • Update your LIFE form with changes in medications, insurance, or hospital preferences.
    • Please add any information about who we can call to take care of your animals if you have any (especially farm animals!).
  • Complete the LIFE form, insert it in the provided envelope, and place it in a highly visible or predictable location.
    • EMTs are trained to look on or in your refrigerator/freezer.
    • We provide a LIFE magnet to place on your refrigerator to tell us the location of your LIFE and POLST paperwork.
  • Orcas Island medical service personnel who respond to your emergency will utilize the information to provide the best quality care.
  • You may also use the Physicians Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form or other types of advanced directives.
    • More information is available at POLST.org.
    • A POLST must be discussed with and signed by your physician.
  • Packets include information about med-evac (flight) memberships.

Remember: You may not be able to convey your wishes in an emergency. Be prepared and help us help you.

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