If you missed the news stories, e.g. this one:
Oregon launches statewide registry for end-of-life care wishes, by Don Colburn, The Oregonian
December 03, 2009:
“Oregon’s POLST program, a national model for ensuring that doctors and paramedics follow people’s medical wishes near the end of life, launched its computerized statewide registry Thursday.
The bright pink POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form, usually posted on the refrigerator door, instructs workers what kind of treatment to use in an emergency when a patient is incapacitated…” (read full Oregonian article)
1) Read the POLST press release.