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EMS: EMT and Paramedic: Special Populations

Geriatric and Older Adult Populations

Advanced Directives --  New Jersey provides two types of advanced directives, a "proxy directive" [Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare] and an "instructive directive" [Living Will]).  The State's Department of Health defines what advanced directives are, and provides printable forms of each.

Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults -- a Centers for Disease Control checklist of questions that can assist EMS crews in conducting home checks.

NJPOLST: via the New Jersey Hospital Association website: "Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – is a healthcare planning tool that empowers individuals to work closely with their medical team to detail their personal goals and medical preferences when facing a serious illness. Gov. Chris Christie signed New Jersey's POLST law in December 2011, and it's now being introduced statewide to help patients and families with end-of-life care planning."

Scroll down for links to webinars, resources for patients and family members, and resources for healthcare providers.

POLST -- Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. POLST is part of advanced care planning and is medical order form that travels with a seriously ill or frail person so that all health care providers are clear about that person's medical condition, treatment options, and in a medial emergency, what that person wants to happen.

Prehospital Care Research Forum (PCRF): Experiential Learning With the Geriatric Patient --  the Prehospital Care Research Forum (PCRF) from  the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care offers an  "...ongoing series..." that "... combs the literature to identify recent studies relevant to EMS education practices.

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