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Posted on August 15, 2019 at 4:00 AM

The National POLST Paradigm has published its position of keeping artificial nutrition on POLST forms in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

At the May 2019 meeting of the National POLST Paradigm Plenary Assembly, leaders from participating state POLST programs thoroughly discussed Oregon’s decision to remove feeding tubes from POLST.

After a review of the evidence, discussion of clinical implications, and reflection on the philosophical foundations of POLST, the Plenary Assembly voted almost unanimously to keep artificial nutrition on POLST forms.

Representatives from 40 states voted that based on thoughtful discussion and the current data available, artificial nutrition belongs on the POLST form, with three abstaining and none opposed.

The Oregon POLST program published a response to the NPP letter.

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