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Nurse refuses to give CPR to Elderly Woman

The 87-year-old woman died after the nurse refuses to give her CPR. The nurse said retirement facility policy did not allow her to perform CPR, according to report by ABC News site.

Elderly Woman Dies After Nurse Refuses to Give Her CPR
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Lorraine Bayless is one of the seniors being cared at a California retirement facility "Glenwood Gardens" in Bakersfield when she collapsed at around 11 a.m., Authorities said.

The facility nurse called 911 for help but when the 911 operator asked her to perform CPR, the nurse refused and told that it was against the retirement facility's policy.

911 operator said, “Anybody there can do CPR. Give them the phone please. I understand if your facility is not willing to do that. Give the phone to that passerby,” operator added, ”This woman is not breathing enough. She is going to die if we don’t get this started.”

Then after several minutes, the ambulance came and took Lorraine Bayless to Mercy Southwest Hospital, but she was pronounced dead.

The Glenwood Gardens facility said, “In the event of a health emergency at this independent living community, our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives. That is the protocol we followed.”



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