Bad: DNR and POLST Laws

Important!  Emergency I.D. information is located on our website.  Visit THIS PAGE.

INFORMATION provided by West Coast Pro-Life, Nina Rhea editor

Updated July 7, 2015

POLST California is facilitated by CCCC, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.  We are concerned that CCCC displays SB-128 on this page.  We were told:  “We put it there because it’s an end of life legislation and we’re following all bills related to health care.”

What is DNR?  Do Not Resuscitate form.  An official form which gives an Emergency Responder or your doctor directions to withhold medical treatment that will save your life!


DNR form CA

Do Not Resuscitate form, California.

What is POLST?  Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.

national polst National and Local.  See Map.

California’s POLST is facilitate by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. 



Our Opinion About These Laws – Through these two laws, DNR and POLST, our California government has made it so easy for you to refuse medical care in an emergency.  There is even a state-approved and endorsed DNR Medallion available:

State-approved DNR Medallion  CA DNR med

Available from Caring Advocates.

Yet, the government has no stated option for those of us who desire traditional medical care in an emergency!  Will non-treatment become a default?  We will see what the future holds.

Go to our CATHOLIC END-OF-LIFE RESOURCES page for more information about POLST.

DNR Requirements by State (different supplier):  American Medical ID – DNR.



The following is taken directly from the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA or EMS).

cal emerg med authApproved DNR and POLST Forms.

November 2014


A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Form (actual title: “Emergency Medical Services Pre-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Form) is an official State document developed by the California EMS Authority and the California Medical Association which, when completed correctly, allows a patient with a life threatening illness or injury to forgo specific resuscitative measures that may keep them alive.  These measures include: chest compressions (CPR), assisted ventilation (breathing), endotracheal intubation, defibrillation, and cardiotonic drugs (drugs which stimulate the heart).  The form does not affect the provision of other emergency medical care, including treatment for pain (also known as “comfort measures”), difficulty breathing, major bleeding, or other medical conditions.  Many patients make their DNR wishes officially known because they do not want to be placed on life-assisting equipment in the event that their heart or breathing ceases.

The Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is approved by the Emergency Medical Services Authority and the Commission on EMS, and developed by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.  The form contains additional treatment options beyond Do Not Resuscitate, for patients admitted to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

There you have it, the CCCC is a partner of the official California emergency service.



Page updated on July 7, 2015 by West Coast Pro-Life.