Knowledge Is Power

The Nebraska Emergency Treatment Orders (NETO), a collaborative initiative by the Nebraska Health Network, helps spell out an individual’s wishes when it comes to medical care. The goal is to remove the unnecessary burden on loved ones having to make complex decisions in times of medical emergency.

Who should complete a NETO?

  • Anyone who wants to make sure their voice is heard in a medical emergency.
  • Anyone who wants to relieve their family of making difficult decisions in a medical emergency.
  • Older adults or those with a serious illness who may want to limit their treatment options.

The NETO Form contains four main elements:

  1. Choices for initial treatment
  2. Choices for stopping treatment
  3. CPR status
  4. Use of medically administered nutrition

“We wanted to do a better job at respecting patient’s wishes and making sure their clinical choices were known and being met in times of an emergency. This is how the NETO form was created,” stated Lou Lukas, MD; Methodist Palliative Medicine.

Visit the Nebraska Health Network site for the NETO form, supporting resources as well as a patient and provider guide.

Access the YouTube video which best explains the collaborative initiative and the value the NETO provides for patients, family members as well as the healthcare provider community.

The Nebraska Health Network is a physician-led Accountable Care Organization (ACO) formed by Methodist Health System, Nebraska Medicine and their affiliated physicians and hospitals to improve the health of all patients by delivering high-quality, affordable and accessible health services throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa.