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The story has sparked outrage this week a nurse at a senior living -- facility in California refusing to administer CPR to and 87 year old woman.
Slowly dies in front -- -- here's that emotional 911 calls.
Get irritated about not enough okay well I'm looking for -- we did it hit it I don't have a lot of you have -- -- gonna pacify.
Anybody they can if CPR it from the phone please everything -- capital letters I get the human being I don't you know -- and I think there.
We're going to help the lady -- letter.
I'm not at that time.
That 87 year old woman did die and the nurse was not at fault because she followed the facility strict policy.
So if you have a loved one at a place like this what questions should you be asking joining me now is elderly law attorney.
Elizabeth Valentine it was a nice to see this morning into the heartbreaking story to think.
As a present ever heard something like this happening were a nurse on the phone with 911.
Simply says I can't do CP -- -- policy.
He's a human nature take over first you have to do what -- have to adhere to the strict policy.
You know it's tricky because different types of facilities have different requirements.
She happened to be an independent living facility which is not exactly like a nursing home setting.
In an independent living facility they're not licensed to provide medical care to their residents and minimize.
But if you don't I'm saying if I'm walking on the street and someone has.
-- do you even learn in in junior high school how to properly give CPR.
And I'm not registered -- but I would probably would probably help someone if I could and I was there.
Anxiously speaking you're probably not worried about liability which is probably one of the issues -- this really comes down to his they have a policy in place and they're concerned about their liability.
So she had it -- -- take us through what that means a DN -- -- do not resuscitate order and what it means is if you -- -- cardiac arrest -- stop breathing there's -- -- in order where -- discussed it with your physician.
That someone is not too.
Administer any CPR -- to -- Asian or things of that nature.
Even in certain circumstances where it's kind of a saint -- I -- life threatening their situation where.
It's not catastrophic.
View would have to -- have to adhere to this.
You would but the -- only speaks to cardiac arrest -- and -- when you stop reading it does not speak to other forms of treatment so you can still get chemotherapy painkillers things of that nature.
It's only for that emergency procedure.
So take us through I mean if you have a loved one in one of these facilities what sorts of questions should you be asking when you arrive.
You need to directly ask what their emergency procedures are so it's and you can ask the direct question if I -- into cardiac arrest is the only policy -- procedure you're gonna finalist to call 911 or will somebody.
You give me CPR.
On eat in the flip side of that are on the first I should say if you do -- -- do you know or or you don't want to be resuscitated.
You gotta make sure the -- facilities prior procedures -- the opposite of this particular.
Facility right not honoring your -- is correct because that's really important point in having your family linger for years if that's not something that you want.
-- is there anyone on staff when you go to one of these facilities is there anyone on staff that could administer CPR in such and such an emergency it really depends on the facility some facilities don't even train their staff to do CPR so you come back to the liability of this issue of what if someone is not trained to perform CPR and you perform -- there's a lot of risks and performing -- and an elderly person.
But -- when when you legally look at this and we'll finish on this with the facility originally had defended the staffer saying there's a staffer followed protocol but then they are recent statement says that the staffer had.
A complete misunderstanding of their practices but she.
Didn't administer CPR seems like she understood the -- -- yeah I mean I -- -- now you know with any strategy tragedy excuse becomes change and I think now facilities -- going to reevaluate whether or not they really should be instructing.
There's staffers not to perform CPR.
This might change a lot of things Elizabeth thank you so much for your legal perspective my pleasure thank -- for having me.
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