End of Life Care Manual

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A Program Guide for Washington Hospitals

Legal Requirements and General Guidance for Addressing End of Life Care in the Context of Advance Directives, Surrogate Decision-Making and Organ Procurement.

*NOTE: This manual was last updated in 2015. Some content may be out of date.

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Washington State Hospital Association
Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts

999 Third Avenue, Suite 1400
(206) 281-7211



Section 1: Advanced Directives Law

Section 2: Mental Health Advance Directives

Section 3: Statutes and Regulations on Advance Directives

Section 4: Establishing Policies and Procedures on Advance Directives

Section 5: Surrogate Decision-Making

Section 6: Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Section 7: State and Federal Law on Organ Procurement


Information for Patients and Families

If you are a patient or family member looking for resources to help in your medical decision-making, Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest is designed for you. Co-sponsored by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), Honoring Choices has a vision that everyone in the state will receive medical care that honors their personal values and goals. Learn more at Honoring Choices.


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