Today Show: Nurse Won’t Perform CPR After 911 Plea, Elderly Woman Dies

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Today Show: Assisted Living Nurse Won’t Perform CPR

An 87-year-old woman from California is dead today after an assisted living nurse would not perform CPR on the woman after she collapsed. After calling 911 and having the 911 operator pleading with the nurse to perform CPA, the nurse told her it is the policy of Glenwood Gardens to not perform CPR on a person, instead saying she is supposed to call 911 and wait for emergency medical services to arrive.

In the 911 call, which lasted seven minutes, the 911 operator can be heard pleading with the nurse to perform CPR on the woman saying “this woman’s not breathing enough, she’s going to die if we don’t get this started.” Even after the nurse said she would not perform CPR, the operator continued pleading with the nurse asking her to find someone else who could perform the CRP. She even asked the nurse to find someone outside who was willing to help but the nurse refused.

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Mary Winters, an expert in senior care, told the Today Show many of the assisted living facilities in California do not perform CPR on patients. She pointed out there are many other amenities associated with assisted living facilities, such as house keeping and meals offered, but they will not perform CPR because of liability reasons.

Today Show: Nurse Won't Perform CPR After 911 Plea, Elderly Woman Dies

The Today Show looked at a news story where an elderly woman was refused CPR because of the policies at an assisted living facility. The woman later died.

In a statement from the assisted living facility, Glenwood Gardens, the company said they are reviewing the situation and neither the company nor the woman’s daughter think the nurse should have done anything to help the woman, instead saying she did the right thing by following the protocol.

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Today Show: Moral Responsibilities Of a Nurse

The Today Show called on Star Jones and Dr. Roshini Raj to help them go over the facts of the case. Dr. Raj said it is shocking a nurse wouldn’t perform CPR on a patient who is dying. But it also turns out the woman’s daughter was aware her mother would not be given CPR, and she is happy with how the assisted living facility handled the situation. Dr. Raj said the nurse could have been worried about losing her job but there are moral obligations when someone is dying. Although CPR does not have the success rate we might think it does, according to Dr. Raj performing CPR can keep the brain alive long enough for the medical personnel to get there.

Star Jones said from a legal standpoint the facility was simply trying to limit their liability. She was certain the family laid out what they wanted for their mother, the facility limited what they could do and the two parties came to an understanding. Even when the two came to an understanding, there is still the moral obligation to help someone in need. She also pointed out the PR nightmare the assisted living facility is going to face may be worse than any sort of liability they might have faced in trying to help a person by performing CPR.

Even though the daughter seems satisfied with the nurse and the assisted living facility, Jones said she probably hasn’t talked with a lawyer yet. She pointed out the many angles attorneys could look at this case from. This could be considered elderly abuse, there are Medicaid and Medicare issues to look at, as well as many other factors. Dr. Raj also pointed out there are good samaritan laws in place protecting people from liability. If you perform CPR on someone in good faith and tried your best to save their life, you are not liable for their death.

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  1. says

    Lorraine Bayless should have been saved and her so-called daughter is a complete idiot for saying that she had no problem with the care her mother received at Glenwood Gardens. Is everyone else who exists in Bakersfield, California a complete idiot just like that so called daughter? OMFG….What is with you people? Wake up and smell th gd damage here. NURSING HOMES—-HOSPITALS—ASSISTED LIVING—-BIG F JOKES—-IN THE TIME OF MY DEATH I WOULD RATHER BE DROPPED DOWN AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE GRAND CANYON AND THEN EATEN ALIVE BY AN ENORMOUS PACK OF STARVING WOLVES. WOULD BE LESS PAINFUL THAT BARELY EXISTING IN ONE OF THOSE DISGUSTING—FILTHY–LIFE, THREATENING PLACES. IF I EVER THOUGHT OF MAKING TRAVEL PLANS TO ANYWHERE IN CALIFORNIA, IT DEFINITELY WON’T BE CONSIDERED EVER. YOU PEOPLE THOROUGHLY AND TRUTHFULLY DISGUST ME. ANYONE WHO LIVES IN CALIFORNIA, YOU ALL F STINK. WHEN ONE OF YOU LOSERS NEED THE SO CALLED MEDICAL ASSISTENCE, I HOPE YOU’RE TREATED WORSE THAN LORRAINE BAYLESS—-YOU TREATED HER LIKE A WORTHLESS, USELESS NOTHING AND JUST F LET HER DIE. WELL SHE WAS SOMEBODY, AND HER SO CALLED DAUGHTER DIDN’T DESERVE HER FOR A MOTHER. HER MOTHER IS DEAD BECAUSE SHE WASN’T GIVEN THE PROPER MEDICAL CONSIDERATION. WAKE UP DAUGHTER…YOU DISGUST ME AS MUCH AS THE OTHERS. NURSING HOMES, HOSPITALS, ASSISTED LIVING, EACH OF YOU COVER ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU DO AND BECAUSE OF YOUR HIGH POWERED ATTORNEYS AND OTHER IDIOTS INVOLVED, DESTROYS ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGING THINGS. THE PEOPLE WHO DO CARE AND ARE FRIGHTENED TO SAY THINGS, I’LL BE THE ONE WITH HELPING TO EXPLOIT YOU. WHEN THE BIG MAN UPSTAIRS, GOD, REMEMBER HIM, CREATED THIS SO CALLED UNIVERSE, I JUST FIND IT SO VERY HARD TO BELIEVE THAT WHILE CREATING—-HE WOULD GIVE US SUCH DAMAGING THINGS CALLED HUMANS. THE ONLY PERSON WHO CARED IN THIS ENTIRE TRANSACTION OF AN UNACCEPTABLE DISASTER WAS THE 911 DISPATCHER, TRACEY HALVORSON. SHE NEEDS TO BE COMMENDED, REWARDED, AND HONORED. I SALUTE HER FOR THAT DEDICATED AGGRESSION. AND EVEN THOUGH SHE WASN’T ASSISTED ON THE OTHER END, SHE IS THE ONE WHO ACTUALLY CARED. TRACEY HALVERSON—–YOU ARE AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING. KEEP ON CARING AND NEVER GIVE UP, JUST AS YOU DID FOR THAT UNFORTUNATE, HELPLESS WOMAN….

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