Nurse Refuses CPR To Dying Woman

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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A nurse at a nursing home in California witnessed a patient having heart/breathing issues, so she called 911 of course. The 87 year old woman needed CPR, but the nurse refused to administer because the nursing home’s policy is “No CPR.”

The 911 dispatcher was telling the nurse to perform CPR, but the nurse just kept saying “we can’t do that.” The dispatcher asked if somebody else there could administer CPR. “I cannot have our other senior citizens who don’t know CPR [administer it].” The dispatcher then asked if anybody else was there who was willing to help. “Not at this time,” said the nurse. The 87 year old was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The nursing home says they followed their protocol. They called emergency responders, and waited by the woman until the emergency crew arrived.

If you were the nurse, would you have helped anyway? To heck with the policy, saving a life is more important.

Todd plays the 911 call:

Some nurses call Todd to talk about it.

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