Duty to Respond!?
Elderly woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR? Yes it’s true!
I first heard the 911 tape on the evening of March 3rd and was absolutely stunned and sickened. There is much one can say , much that I could and would like to say about the events as described in the AP report, but I just can’t. To anyone hearing these tapes, or seeing the story its pretty clear what happened; they let a women die, period. The whole thing is just so heartbreaking.
Here is the story from the Associated Press. (video and 911 tape at the bottom of post).
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — An elderly woman being cared for at a Bakersfield retirement facility died after a nurse at the facility refused to perform CPR on the woman after she collapsed, authorities said.
When the 87-year-old resident of Glenwood Gardens collapsed at the facility around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a staff member called 911 but refused to give the woman CPR, Bakersfield television station ABC23 reported Friday.
In refusing the 911 dispatcher’s insistence that she perform CPR, the nurse can be heard telling the dispatcher that it was against the retirement facility’s policy to perform CPR.
During the exchange between the nurse and the dispatcher, the dispatcher can be heard saying
“I don’t understand why you’re not willing to help this patient.”
An ambulance arrived several minutes after the call and took the woman to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. She has been identified as Lorraine Bayless, a resident of the home’s independent facility, which is separate from the skilled and assisted nursing facility.
The retirement facility released a statement extending its condolences to the family and said its “practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives.”
The statement also said a “thorough internal review of the matter” would be conducted.
A call to the facility by The Associated Press seeking more information on the incident was not immediately returned.