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Howard Capon, MPH, NRP; Matthew Kestenbaum, MD, FAAHPM; and Amy Vandenbroucke, JD

Howard Capon, MPH, NRP, is a firefighter-paramedic and paramedic preceptor for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Fairfax, Va. He has been involved with the EMS and fire services in Virginia for 15 years. 

Matthew Kestenbaum, MD, FAAHPM, is a board-certified hospice and palliative medicine physician and chief medical officer for Capital Caring Health, a nonprofit organization providing advanced-illness care throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He is chair of the Program Standards Committee for the National POLST and medical director of the Virginia POST Collaborative.

Amy Vandenbroucke, JD, has served as executive director of National POLST since 2013 and is an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University. Previously she was OHSU legal counsel for six years and an associate director of the OHSU Center for Ethics for four. 

In the fall of 2015, units from Virginia's Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) were called to the home of an 84-year-old female having trouble breathing. They arrived to find the…
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