Company: Woman who refused CPR erred on policy - WKRN News 2

Company: Woman who refused CPR erred on policy

Posted: Updated: March 5, 2013 09:05 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -

The company that operates Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, California has released a statement saying that the nurse who refused to give a dying elderly woman CPR misunderstood their practices.

Lorraine Bayless, an 87-year-old woman who lived in the facility, fell in the dining room and stopped breathing last month.

Instead of performing CPR, the nurse called 911. The dispatcher begged the woman to give CPR to victim Lorraine Bayless, but she refused.

"Are we just going to wait and let this lady die?" the dispatcher asked.

"That's why we're calling 911," replied the nurse.

The dispatcher then demanded the nurse find someone else who could help.

"I cannot have our other senior citizens who don't know CPR do it," said the nurse.

"I will instruct them," said the dispatcher.

"I cannot do that," the nurse replied.

The nurse who placed the call said the facility has a policy against providing emergency medical care, but Brookdale Senior Living who operates the facility stated otherwise.

The company is based in Brentwood and they manage several facilities in Middle Tennessee.

According to the Associated Press, Brookdale Senior Living said in a statement Tuesday that the incident "resulted from a complete misunderstanding of our practice" regarding emergency care.

Lorraine Bayless lost her life shortly after she was transported to the hospital.

Brookdale also said that the employee is on voluntary leave while the company investigates.

*The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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