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Similar To An Advanced Directive, MOLST Takes Effect Jan. 1st

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Jean Katzer, lung cancer patient Jean Katzer, lung cancer patient

OCEAN PINES, Md. - For months now, Jean Katzer has been battling lung cancer.

"I was hospitalized three times over the summer," said Katzer. "I was pretty sick."

In that time, she's filled out quite a few forms. 

Making some tough end-of-life decisions.    

"That's an advanced directive, different than a living will but I don't remember what," said Katzer, referencing each form. "And now I need a MOLST."    

All of these forms are in place to protect the patient.      

But the Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, better known as MOLST, takes precedent. In short, it gives a patient, like Jean, the ability to decide with her physician and her loved ones if she wants to be resuscitated during a cardiac arrest.    

Once the form is filed out, by law EMS and medical officials will have to ask if a patient has one and follow the patients' wishes.

"She doesn't need to answer questions when she's going through something that the moment you're in the ambulance," said Jeffrey Katzer, Jean's son and main caregiver.

"That communication between you and your family member is so important because you want somebody else to know, 'ok I'm comfortable with this, this is what I want,'" said Therese Ganster, Peninsula Home Care Ocean Pines branch director.

But after riding in an ambulance four times this past year and filling out form after form, Jean admits she has some concerns.

"I'm for progress as much as I hate to learn to use some of this new stuff, but I still think they're going to want to take you to the hospital."

MOLST will take effect in Maryland starting on January 1st. Again, this form will take precedent over a living will and advanced directive.    

Click here to learn more about MOLST.

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