Advance Directive and MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)
Advance Directives and MOLST are documents that contain information about the medical care you want in case you are unable to speak for yourself while at the hospital or receiving medical care.
They are two very different documents, and you'll want to understand how both of them work.
An Advance Directive can contain your living will, organ donation requests, plans to donate your body to science and the name of a person (agent) you choose to make health decisions for you if you are unconscious.
If you wish to create a written Advance Directive, the social worker is available to answer any of your questions and to assist you in creating this document.
You can also find more information and free forms at The Office of the Attorney General in Maryland, Advanced Directives.
MOLST is a form that contains directions about CPR and other life-sustaining treatments specific to your current condition. To be valid, a MOLST form must be signed and dated by a licensed Maryland medical provider – a physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant.
You can learn more about MOLST and find the two-page form at Maryland MOST.
If you are interested in preparing a MOLST form, please contact your health care provider.