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#46 McKay

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:49

its good to know a human life isnt even worth a few $1,000 to some people


You're right, the lift of a complete stranger who could legally bend me over the table isn't worth thousands of £ to me, especially during a recession. What if I get a judge who awards him more than what my Colleague had to pay.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:55

Bakersfield fire dispatcher Tracey Halvorson pleaded with the woman on the other end of the line, begging her to start CPR on an elderly woman who was barely breathing.

“It’s a human being,” Halvorson said, speaking quickly. “Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?”

The woman paused.

“Um, not at this time.”

On a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department, the woman on the other end of the line told Halvorson that she was a nurse at Glenwood Gardens, a senior living facility in Bakersfield. But on Tuesday, the nurse refused to give the woman CPR, saying it was against the facility’s policy for staff to do so, according to the tape.

The elderly woman was identified by KGET-TV (Channel 17) as 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless. She died Tuesday at Mercy Hospital Southwest, KGET reported.

In the tape, a different Glenwood Gardens employee said that an elderly woman had passed out in the facility’s dining room while eating. She was barely breathing.

For several minutes, Halvorson begged the nurse to begin CPR, saying something had to be done before an ambulance arrived.

After the nurse repeatedly refused, Halvorson asked her to find a passerby or anyone who would be willing to help. Halvorson said she would talk someone through performing CPR.

“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 could be 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.”

When Halvorson asked the nurse if she was going to let the woman die, the nurse said, “That’s why we called 911.”

After a few minutes, the nurse said the ambulance had arrived. The tape ended with Halvorson sighing.

The facility’s executive director, Jeffrey Toomer, sent a statement on behalf of Glenwood Gardens to KGET, the station reported.

“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,” the statement said, according to KGET.

Bakersfield Fire Battalion Chief Anthony Galagaza said Halvorson followed protocol and that dispatchers give CPR instructions over the phone numerous times each year.

Bayless' daughter told KGET that she was a nurse and was satisfied with her mother's care at Glenwood Gardens, the station reported.

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what a f****** nurse and world we are living in! If that would have been my grandma the morals and repercussions would be the least of her worries. If this is how she acts when someone is really sick she shouldn't even be a nurse, I hope they fire her. No human being would just sit there and watch her breath slow and say oh well they are coming here to save her.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:26

Probably affraid she would be sued

Although in the UK there is a law that prevents a "victim" suing their "hero" - the Good Samaritan act or something similar.
I was always taught if you're not breaking ribs, you're not performing CPR right... but then this changes every year... same with the speed.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 14:03

Although in the UK there is a law that prevents a "victim" suing their "hero" - the Good Samaritan act or something similar.
I was always taught if you're not breaking ribs, you're not performing CPR right... but then this changes every year... same with the speed.


Theres a law? I'm in the UK and my colleague got sued for the broken ribs on someone he saved with CPR.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 14:09

might be more to the story than you were told.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 14:34

Authorities are launching a criminal investigation into the death of an 87-year-old woman who was denied CPR at a California independent living home by a woman who identified herself to a 911 dispatcher as a nurse – but the facility now says she isn’t one.

During the call last Tuesday, an unidentified woman called from her cellphone, and asked for paramedics to be sent to help Lorraine Bayless, who collapsed in the dining room of the independent living building in Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield.

Later, a woman who identified herself as the nurse got on the phone and told dispatcher Tracey Halvorson she was not permitted to do CPR on the woman.

But a spokesman for Brookdale Senior Living, which owns the Glenwood Gardens facility where the incident happened, told the Los Angeles Times that the woman was “serving in the capacity of a resident services director, not as a nurse."

Christopher Finn, the spokesman, would not comment on whether or not she was licensed as a nurse.

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