Obama’s death panels at work: woman deliberately left to die

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Callous bastards

Whoever that nurse is, I hope she has a good lawyer, because she is going to fucking well need one.

AN elderly woman who collapsed at a US aged care home has died after a staff member refused to perform CPR because it was against the facility’s policy. Local media reports say when the 86-year-old resident of Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, California, collapsed at the facility around 11am Tuesday a staff member called 911, but refused to give the woman CPR.

The Los Angeles Times reports that 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. In the dramatic 911 call, Bakersfield fire dispatcher Tracey Halvorson can be heard pleading with the nurse to start CPR on the elderly woman. “It’s a human being,” Halvorson said. “Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?”

Silence.”Um, not at this time.”Halvorson continues begging the nurse to begin CPR or to find a passerby or anyone who would be willing to help. “I understand if your facility is not willing to do that,” Halvorson told the nurse. “Give the phone to that passerby, that stranger…this woman’s not breathing enough.”She’s going to die if we don’t get this started.… I don’t understand why you’re not willing to help this patient.”

The nurse is then heard talking to someone else at the facility.”She’s yelling at me,” she said of Halvorson, “and saying we have to have one of our residents perform CPR. I’m feeling stressed, and I’m not going to do that, make that call.” 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.

Take careful note of the name of that place and its location….and tell everyone and anyone you know to make sure none of their loved ones ever wind up in their hands.

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LC Light29ID - The Imperial Asshole
LC Light29ID - The Imperial Asshole

They will do nothing…. NOTHING. They’ve done the cost/benefit analysis and they’ve determined that paying the lawyers to bail them out is lesser cost over time then sticking their precious little necks out and saving a human being. She was just folloving ordez. Ten years ago she would have been crucified. Now she’ll be made out to be the victim.… Read more »

Igor, Imperial Booby
Igor, Imperial Booby

The dead lady’s daughter is a nurse, and according to what I have read/herard the daughter says she has no problems with the care that her mother is (was!) receiving… I smell something wrong. We have gotten too scared of the law and the lawyers when we let an elderly woman die and don’t do anything. Are the sheepdogs getting… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

The nurse and everyone up the chain of command responsible for the “protocol” should be given a choice of impalement on a blunt stake or crucifixion. They need time and the motivation of unspeakable agony to understand the error of their ways before being allowed to die.

LC Old Dog
LC Old Dog

In AZ it is illegal for a caregiver to not do everything possible unless the patient has a signed DNR (Do No Resuscitate) order on file! And that DNR has to be signed by the Patient!

No family member or Doctor can sign a valid DNR.

0007
0007

Follow the money…in this case how much the old lady had and who gets it when she dies(the “daughter”?), ya think?

0007
0007

Follow the money…in this case what’s the estate worth and who inherits(the “daughter”? maybe).

LibraryGryffon
LibraryGryffon

I wonder if all the residents and/or their families know about this place’s policy. Or does Glenwood Gardens require everyone who lives there to have a DNR? Though if they did, you’d think this “nurse” would know that, and have explained it to 911. And if CPR is against the facility’s policies, why did they bother calling 911? All in… Read more »

LC Gregory
LC Gregory

Okay – I have to be the voice of opposition here. First time for everything, I suppose. This is a Private facility. As one who worked at an Assisted Living home during my grandmother’s final months there, I can assure you – the more likely practice is to leave the resident alive and running up fees for as long as… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator

O/, but why does DHS need all this? Obama DHS Purchases 2,700 Light-Armored Tanks to Go With Their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 9:55 PM This is getting a little creepy. According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952

I have written a letter to the local paper asking them to comment on this..
Run them out of business…start with firings………
As for that gutless bitch, for I would have lost my job rather than not try……….
She’ll need more than a lawyer…say a bodyguard…………..
Public scorn and hatred……………turn up the heat.

L.C. Mope
L.C. Mope

LC Gregory @ 7 My gut feeling here… is that the news account is leaving out a DNR in order to sensationalize the story. I have to concur with that. My little brother was in one of these facilities up until 2 months ago. There was no hope of recovery. Why prolong the agony? He knew the program going in-it… Read more »

SoCalOilMan, K.o.E.
SoCalOilMan, K.o.E.

You don’t call 911 for a DNR. What a re the paramedics going to do? Stand around drinking coffee and wait for the patient to die? With a DNR you make the patient comfortable until they expire, then have a doctor certify the death and call the funeral home. The only reason to call 911 for a DNR is to… Read more »

LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd

Having been the medical director of a nursing facility, there are some things here that don’t add up. First, I’m not certain that the “nurse” was in fact a licensee. Glenwood Gardens is listed as having both “assisted living” and skilled nursing services. If this occurred on the assisted living side, the “nurse” may have been someone with no CPR… Read more »

MikeG
MikeG

Just got done teaching a CPR class on Saturday. This topic actually came up for discussion. If you have the ability to perform CPR and chose not to, are you legally liable? Legally maybe not. Your state’s law might differ. Morally is another story. Especially in a situation like this where it is your freakin JOB to see to the… Read more »

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek

Something does not add up here.

We’re not getting the whole story.

And, to be honest, I can understand the person’s reluctance. I’d be reluctant to flush my entire career in this situation, -as it has been described-.

THat being said, I’d probably give CPR, and lie about it.

“what, me? no, that’s against policy, it must have been Elvis.”

LC Draco
LC Draco

In Texas, we have the “Good Samaritan Law”.

What I found interesting, after listening to the 911 call, is that the manager said the woman was aware of the no CPR policy at the home. So they just didn’t perform it.

Crustyrusty
Crustyrusty

Something stinks about this whole thing, although the requirements for CPR certification might be different in an assisted living facility. If you work in an intermediate or skilled care facility, your staff had better be current on their CPR certification. As far as the discussion about DNR orders goes, a DNR order is in fact an order given by the… Read more »

LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd

Crustyrusty @ #18: The qualifications for working in an assisted living facility generally extend to whether they can find a set of scrubs that fit. Years ago, I used to round in an assisted living. It was not uncommon for patients to have their pain medications stolen by staff and it would drive me crazy to see some high school… Read more »

LibraryGryffon
LibraryGryffon

I was just reading today’s Daily Briefing from The Advisory Board Company (I work in a hospital), and it discusses this case, and specifically states that the woman who collapsed did NOT have a DNR.

bruce
bruce

my mother lived in one of those places until she became terminal at which point we moved her to my sisters home where she passed surrounded by family who loved her.

LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd

And the full story emerges. To summarize: 1) The patient lived in an “independent living” unit, not a nursing home, 2) The patient’s family states that the patient did not want life-saving interventions, 3) The “nurse” was apparently a resident services director, not a licensee, 4) The family has no intention of pursuing legal action. Their grief appears to have… Read more »