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Friday, April 18, 2014

CT Senate Expands Patients’ End-of-Life Care Options

By Arielle Levin Becker

www.ctmirror.org

The Senate today passed a bill that would establish a process for people with terminal illnesses to document the sort of end-of-life care they want in a medical order for health care providers to follow. People who work in emergency medicine say it’s needed to address shortcomings in the options people currently have for making their wishes known.

The measure, which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has indicated he supports, now goes to the House.

What does the bill do?

The bill would let the state Department of Public Health create a pilot program for the use of “medical orders for life-sustaining treatment,” or MOLST, a process in which terminally ill patients discuss their options with a health care provider, determine the type of end-of-life care they want, and document it in a medical order.

Patients would be able to outline choices that include whether they would want only treatment that provides comfort, limited interventions such as antibiotics, or full treatment that could include intubation and intensive care.

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