Glenwood Gardens: Where the elderly go to die from neglect.
From Fox News.
A California retirement home is backing one of its nurses after she refused desperate pleas from a 911 operator to perform CPR on an elderly woman who later died, saying the nurse was following the facility’s policy.
“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 7-minute, 16-second call on Tuesday morning, the nurse asked for paramedics to come and help the 87-year-old 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 woman was later declared dead at Mercy Southwest Hospital, officials said.
The executive director of Glenwood Gardens, Jeffrey Toomer, defended the nurse’s actions, 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.
According to the family, she did not want to be resuscitated.
A woman who died after a nurse at her independent living home refused to provide CPR had chosen to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to die without life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.
Lorraine Bayless’ family said in a statement to the Associated Press it does not plan to sue the facility where the 87-year-old woman died last week.
A 911 tape recounts a dramatic conversation between a dispatcher and a nurse who refused to cooperate with pleas for someone to start CPR as firefighters sped to the scene.
The home’s parent company said in a statement that the employee wrongly interpreted company policy when she declined to offer aide.
The woman’s family said, however, “it was our beloved mother and grandmother’s wish to die naturally and without any kind of life-prolonging intervention.”
The nurse’s decision has prompted multiple state and local investigations at Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield.
Listen to the 911 recording. That stupid bitch of a ‘nurse’ displayed some of the worst depraved indifference I’ve ever heard.
You know damned well she’s trained in CPR. “Wrongly interpreted company policy”. Really?? The standard excuse “I was just following orders”, has become the standard operating procedure. Afraid of getting involved or being sued for being a Good Samaritan? Do nothing and blame “policy”.
Secondly, if a DNR order existed, why was there none on file at the facility? The family doesn’t seem too torn up about it. Lorraine Bayless, on the other hand, didn’t have a voice in the matter.
The whole thing stinks to high heaven.
That staff has no fucking conscience. Anyone who brings their loved ones to Glenwood Gardens to retire, may as well sign a death warrant.