05 March 2013
87 year-old Woman dies, retirement home nurse refuses to give her CPR
'Is there anybody willing to help this lady and not let her die?': Woman dies after retirement home nurse refuses to give her CPR, saying it was 'against the home's rules'
87-year-old Lorraine Bayless had collapsed at the Glenwood Gardens retirement home and was barely breathing when the 911 call was made
A woman has died after a Californian retirement home nurse refused to give her CPR as it was “against the rules”.
An audio tape of a 911 call placed by the nurse has been released to the media, on which operator/dispatcher Tracey Halverson can be heard pleading with her to perform CPR on 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless, who had collapsed at the home and was barely breathing.
The nurse can be heard refusing to perform the emergency procedure several times, saying it was against the Bakersfield-based home’s rules to intervene and adding that she was under orders simply to await the arrival of emergency medical personnel.
Ms Halverson goes on to ask the nurse if another resident, gardener or anybody else not directly employed by the home could take the phone and listen to instructions on how to perform CPR.
She was told nobody was available.
Read more here: Is there anybody willing to help?
Mr. Thelsey L. Fuller was under "No Others Can Contact" & "Do Not Resuscitate" orders, his abusers also refused him medical treatment for his bed sores as well.
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