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I put some words in bold for emphasis since we're stunned by this. I guess policy trumps common sense now ... or maybe her age and/or a DNR stopped any attempt, but article was light on details. However, this is a good reminder to check policies of nursing homes where you have loved ones.
When Lorraine Bayless, an 87-year-old resident of a California retirement facility, collapsed around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a staff member called 911 but refused to give the woman CPR, according to a recording of the call.
In refusing the 911 dispatcher's insistence that she perform CPR, the nurse can be heard telling the dispatcher that it was against the retirement facility's policy to perform CPR.
During the exchange between the nurse and the dispatcher, the dispatcher can be heard saying "I don't understand why you're not willing to help this patient.''
An ambulance arrived several minutes after the call and took Bayless to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. She has been identified as a resident of the home's independent facility, which is separate from the skilled and assisted nursing facility.
The retirement facility released a statement extending its condolences to the family and said its "practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives.''
Bayless' daughter told a reporter that she was also a nurse and was satisfied with the care her mother received.