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article imageNurse refuses to perform CPR despite 911 dispatcher's plea

By Owen Weldon     Mar 4, 2013 in World
An elderly woman who was being cared for at a retirement facility in California died after a nurse at the facility refused to perform CPR after the woman collapsed.
According to NBC, authorities say that when Lorraine Bayless, 87 of Glenwood Gardens, Bakersfield, collapsed at the facility around 11 a.m. Tuesday, and a staff member called 911 but refused to do CPR on the woman, according to a recording of the phone call.
According to USA Today, dispatcher Tracy Halvorson was heard on the tape asking if there was anyone that was willing to help Bayless and not let her die.
The nurse, whose name has not been released, told Halvorson that there was not anybody at the moment that could help Bayless. She went onto say that facility policy prevented her from giving medical help to the woman.
According to Los Angeles Times, Jeffrey Toomer, who is the executive director of the facility, said that the nurse followed policy. Toomer also extended his sympathies to the Bayless family.
Toomer said that policy requires employees to call emergency medical personnel for assistance and then wait with the individual until personnel arrives to help. Toomer said that as with any incident that involves a resident, they will conduct an internal review.
Troomer then said that they have no more comments to make at this time.
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