POLST and Coronavirus
The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania have developed Interim Pennsylvania Crisis Standards of Care for Pandemic Guidelines. "The purpose of this document is to guide the allocation of patient care resources during an overwhelming public health emergency of any kind when demand for services dramatically exceeds the supply of the resources needed".
National POLST. To help address questions about POLST during the coronavirus pandemic, the national office has provided material for health care professionals and facilities.
Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has made its toolkit resources and online courses publicly available. Most of the information is applicable to all types of medical practice. Some of the topics are:
- Using Telehealth
- Public and Family Support
- Health Care Setting Specific Guidance
- Communication Tips
VitalTalk. This open source primer that gives practical advice on how to talk about difficult topics related to COVID-19, including specific phrasing for patient and family conversations.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This comprehensive site offers the latest update on the number of cases within the country. Further it includes specific information for the public, resources for the community and detailed information for HCP and facilities.
AMDA. This is a resource recommended for administration and staff of Pennsylvania long-term care facilities. Found at the side are daily updates, guidance, recommendations and tools along with pertinent podcasts and webcasts.