Bakersfield, California – A nurse declined to conduct CPR on an elderly woman in danger of dying.
On february 27th, Lorraine Bayless, 85, a resident from the senior home Glennwood Gardens had respiratory failure shortly after eating at 11:00 a.m.
When the nurse called 911 to report the accident, the dispatcher ordered the nurse to start doing CPR on Lorraine.
KTLA states that the nurse refused to do CPR because it goes against the senior home policy. There were no volunteers willing to perform CPR.
KGE-TV says the ambulance took Bayless to Mercy Hospital Southwest where she died.
Shortly after the woman’s death, Glennwood Gardens manager Jefferey Toomer explained the senior home policy stating “ 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 says the nurse made the right decision waiting for the ambulance to show up and take Bayless to the hospital.