Kelly Armstrong, Ph.D.
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Ph.D., Moral Theology and Comparative Biomedical Ethics, University of Iowa
Dr. Armstrong serves on the executive committee for the Illinois POLST Taskforce. The taskforce is an interdisciplinary group of providers, ethicists, religious groups, lawyers, and other medical groups who worked together with IDPH to develop educational resources and make public policy recommendations regarding the POLST paradigm in Illinois.
On March 14, 2013 the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) announced a newly updated Uniform Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Advance Directive form that offers Illinoisans more advance directive health care treatment options and also meets national requirements to be considered a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form.
A POLST form is a signed medical order reflecting the patient’s wishes that travels with the patient across settings of care that must be honored by all healthcare providers. In addition to indicating patients' CPR preferences, the form now allows patients to also indicate their treatment preferences on medical interventions and artificially administered nutrition. The form will be used across the full continuum of care, from EMS to acute hospitals and long-term care facilities. Previously-completed DNR forms remain valid.