A physician’s order for life sustaining treatment (POLST). Your wishes, spelled out and signed by your physician regarding what treatments you do and do not want. This bright pink paper needs to be readily accessible, preferably on your bed and clearly visible:
A do not resuscitate order (DNR) is required if you do not want to be resuscitated. You need a DNR in order for first responders not to perform life sustaining measures.
Explanation of standard of care during an emergency:
California Medical Association Emergency Medical Services prehospital do not resuscitate (DNR) Form:
“How Doctors Die”
Article by Dr. Ken Murray, “How Doctors Die: It’s not like the rest of us, but it should be”: