Quarterly Conference Calls

LifeCircle hosts free conference calls each quarter on end-of-life topics. Our goal is to enhance knowledge of palliative (comfort) and hospice care among health care professionals who endeavor to provide quality care at end of life to all South Dakotans.

To register for events please  visit  TheUSD Sanford School of  Medicine Event Registration site


September 20, 2017 - Understanding POLST for South Dakota

Nancy Joyner, MS, APRN-CNS, ACHPN 

POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) paradigm is voluntary and only patients with serious illness or frailty or for whom their physician would not be surprised if they died in the next year. For these patients, their current health status indicates the need for standing medical orders for emergent medical care. POLST Form is completed as a result of the process of informed, shared decision-making. During the conversation, the patient discusses his or her values, beliefs and goals for care, and the health care professional presents the patient’s diagnosis, prognosis and treatment alternatives.

Describe POLST and its proper use nationally
Differentiate between POLST and Advance Directors