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Nurse refuses to preform CPR on elderly patient

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 I just saw this on the news and was terribly upset by it. The 911 call alone would upset any human. A 87 year old woman collapsed in the dining area and a nurse refused to preform CPR saying it was against the company policy. The 911 operator ask if there was anyone willing to preform CPR and she said they had to wait until medical personal came. The 911 operator begged her to go out and ask someone on the street and they refused. You can hear the 911 operator saying "they refusing to do CPR and the woman is dying" and you can tell by her voice that she was clearly upset.

I know that the elderly body is fragile and it could be risky to preform CPR but a nurse is suppose to save lives not watch them die regardless of policy. The daughter said she didnt hold the company liable but that was before she heard the 911 tape and now she is very upset.

Two questions:

one: if you were the nurse would you have tried to save her life no matter of policy but because this is a human life? Or do as this nurse did and wait for emergency personal who came to late?

two; if this was your family member how would you feel?

by on Mar. 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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by Silver sister on Mar. 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I saw this on the news also, and the family stated that she did have a DNR.

by Silver sister on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Quoting gonecrazi:

 I would have done CPR..and I would be upset if this was my family..

Please don't take this wrong. I'm not trying to be snarky here, but would you do it even if it meant losing your job?

The ppl who work at these facilities know upon hire that they are a no CPR facility and that if they do it anyway, it's their job. That's why I always asked what their policy for CPR was during the 20-some years I worked as a CNA.  I couldn't, in good consience, work in a facility with this policy!

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