I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up! There is a story in the SF Gate about a nurse at a retirement facility who would not preform CPR on a resident who collapsed and had a heart attack. This is not something new, but standard policy for many facilities.
Update (March 5): Glenwood Gardens is an “independent living facility” and they describe the staff member as someone acting as a resident services advisor, not as a nurse. In other words, she may have a degree in Nursing, but at that time, was not acting as a nurse.
From the SF Gate.
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 collapsed, authorities said.
When the 87-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 reported Friday.
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.
This is not new. Ask anyone you know who works as a dispatcher for a fire or police department. Even if someone falls out of bed or wheelchair, most facilities will have a written policy to leave the victim in place and call 911 for help. Yup, the ambulance personnel will lift the person up, but them back into their chair or bed, ask them if they are OK and leave.
So, why do you think this is the case? Why is this policy in place at retirement homes and other similar facilities?