Questioning retirement home CPR refusal policy - KMSP-TV

Questioning retirement home CPR refusal policy

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A nurse at an independent living community in Bakersfield, Calif. refused to give CPR to an 87-year-old woman who had collapsed in the dining room and was barely breathing.

Instead, the nurse called 911. The 911 operator did everything in her power to get the nurse to find someone -- anyone -- to give the woman CPR.

But she wouldn't do it.

The executive director of Glenwood Gardens, Jeffrey Toomer, defended the nurse's actions, saying she did indeed follow policy.

"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," Toomer said in a written statement. "That is the protocol we followed."

The woman was later declared dead at Mercy Southwest Hospital, officials said.

Residents of the home's independent living community are informed of the policy and agree to it when they move in. He said the policy does not apply at the adjacent assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

This has brought up a lot of questions of the difference in care in a facility that is a nursing home, an assisted living facility and an independent living facility. But, there's also the question of medical ethics and if a policy like that should be put in in the first place.

What do you think?

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