Source: Los Angeles Times
A fire dispatcher unsuccessfully pleaded with a nurse to start CPR on an elderly woman who was barely breathing.
“It’s a human being,” Bakersfield fire dispatcher Tracey Halvorson said. “Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?”
The woman paused.
“Um, not at this time.”
According to a recording of the 911 exchange last week released by the Bakersfield Fire Department, the woman told Halvorson that she was a nurse at Glenwood Gardens, a senior living facility in Bakersfield. But the nurse refused to give the woman CPR as directed by the dispatcher, saying it was against the facility’s policy for staff to do so, according to the tape.
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