October 2014

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

On October 1, 2014, changes to the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) took effect. Humboldt County healthcare providers and patients alike should be aware.

POLST is a physician’s order, signed by both a doctor and a patient, that lays out the medical treatment a patient wishes to receive at the end of life. One of the benefits of POLST is that it encourages and facilitates conversations between healthcare providers and patients about end-of-life treatments, and it helps patients make their wishes known to providers and family members.

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Video Surveillance: All Around Us

Almost everywhere we go in our daily lives, a camera somewhere is capturing our image. Most stores have video surveillance cameras (initially installed for theft prevention purposes), stoplights have cameras for red light runners, and even residences often have surveillance cameras for security purposes. In handling cases that end up in litigation, inquiring about, locating and reviewing such video evidence can be crucial in proving or disproving essential facts in a case.

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