Elderly woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

Home said it is against policy to perform CPR

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Authorities say an elderly woman being cared for at a California retirement facility died after a nurse at the facility refused to perform CPR on the woman after she had collapsed.
 
On Feb. 26, an 87-year-old resident at Glenwood Gardens collapsed in a dining room.

According to reports, a staff member called 911 and 911 staff tried to get the caller to perform CPR on the woman.

During the 911 call, the caller refused to perform CPR.  

After several minutes, an ambulance arrived and took the woman to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Glenwood Gardens, the home where the woman lived, released a statement claiming it's against policy to perform CPR on anyone.

Here's the home's statement:

First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to this individual’s family on the passing of their loved one.  We also appreciate the assistance of emergency personnel who arrived immediately to assist in rendering first aid.  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. That is the protocol we followed.  As with any incident involving a resident, we will conduct a thorough internal review of this matter, but we have no further comments at this time.

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