Elderly woman dies after Calif. nurse refuses to do CPR

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Updated: 3/02/2013 8:17 pm

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say 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 had collapsed.

Local media reports say when the 86-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 reports that in in refusing the 911 dispatcher's insistence that she perform CPR, the nurse can also be heard telling the dispatcher that it was against the retirement facility's policy to perform CPR.

An ambulance arrived several minutes after the call and took the woman to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

The retirement facility released a statement saying protocol was followed, but that a "thorough internal review of the matter" would be conducted.

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wilson - 3/4/2013 5:26 PM
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Anyone who would not render assistance to a human being in medical distress is less than human! Regardless of any regulations this was a human being in distress and no one helped. My God, what kind of a person would allow another human being to just die???

SR1262 - 3/4/2013 11:22 AM
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Good example of POOR Reporting! The questions the reporter and the 911 operator should have asked were "Is there a Code Status order from the Doctor?" Also, the Nurse is bound by HIPPA restrictions; why is the 911 operator not prevented from giving out this woman's medical information to the public? Many 87 year old people have expressed their wishes not to have CPR done on them. So this NEWS REPORT fails to ask any of the appropriate questions and only builds on the reaction of the 911 operator who apparently needs more training!

chromejob - 3/3/2013 6:09 PM
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Bad as it sounds, it's nothing like Reno. www.dontgrowoldinreno.com

Mthwildflower - 3/3/2013 7:01 AM
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That nurse did NOT exercise "Due Diligence" and should be arrested for murder. No ifs ands or buts.

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