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CA Woman, 87, Dies After Nurse Refuses to Do CPR

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A central California retirement home is defending one of its nurses who refused pleas by a 911 operator to perform CPR on an elderly woman, who later died.

“Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die,” dispatcher Tracey Halvorson says on a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department aired by several media outlets on Sunday.

“Not at this time,” said the nurse, who didn’t give her full name and said facility policy prevented her from giving the woman medical help.

At the beginning of the Tuesday morning call, the nurse asked for paramedics to come and help the woman who had collapsed in the home’s dining room and was barely breathing.

Halvorson pleads for the nurse to perform CPR, and after several refusals she starts pleading for her to find a resident, or a gardener, or anyone not employed by the home to get on the phone, take her instructions and help the woman.

“Can we flag someone down in the street and get them to help this lady?” Halvorson says on the call. “Can we flag a stranger down? I bet a stranger would help her.”

The 87-year-old was later declared dead at Mercy Southwest Hospital, officials said.

The executive director of Glenwood Gardens, Jeffrey Toomer, defended the nurse’s actions in a statement, 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.”

Toomer offered condolences to the woman’s family and said a “thorough internal review” of the incident would be conducted.

He told KGET-TV that 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.

A call to the facility by The Associated Press seeking more information on the incident was not immediately returned.

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  • cuffgrl42

    I understand company policy, and if the woman knew & signed off on this policy upon arriving to this assisted living facility, but morally how can she just sit there and not try to save the elderly womans life. I am in the medical field and I stop to see if I can be of any assistance in situations like this, all she did was stay with the woman. Being a nurse she should have attempted something. What’s the worse that couldve happened? She lost her job, its better than sitting there watching someone die. Even nurses take an oath to do no harm, I think she should take some more classes.

  • paulb62

    Sounds like some sort of scam to have patients accept this policy. Good way to make a lot of money

  • jarbear

    Im going to mail that facility a copy of the good samaritan act. Idiots

  • anonymous777

    Hmmmmm follow bullshit policy…..sit and watch a human being die…..follow policy….watch a human being die while i do nothing as i watch her take her last breath knowing i can save her but choosing not to!! WOW ALL IM SAYING WHAT A BITCH!!

  • anonymous777

    Sometimes you just have to choose doing whats moraly right and FUCK company policy ! That should have not even been a choice!!