Calif. Woman Dies After Nurse Refuses to Do CPR
A dispatcher followed protocols when she pleaded with a nurse at an independent living facility to perform CPR on a woman who later died in California, county officials said Monday.
Earlier, Glenwood Gardens defended its nurse, saying she also had followed policy in dealing with the 87-year-old woman.
At the beginning of the Feb. 26 call, the nurse asked for paramedics to come and help the woman who had collapsed and was barely breathing, according to a transcript of the call.
Dispatcher Tracey Halvorson urged the nurse to start CPR.
“I understand if your boss is telling you you can’t do it,” the dispatcher said. “But … as a human being … you know . is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?”
“Not at this time,” the nurse answered.