UNBELIEVABLE … 87 Year Old Elderly Woman Dies after Nurse Refuses to do CPR at Glenwood Gardens Retirement Facility in Bakersfield, CA (911 Call Audio)


Families may want to keep the name of the Glenwood Gardens retirement facility in Bakersfield, CA as a place to question to use to send their elderly family members.

A nurse at the Glenwood Gardens retirement facility in Bakersfield, CA refused to perform CPR on an elderly patient who  later died. After the 87 year old female resident,  , Lorraine Bayless, collapsed at the facility, 911 was called but the nurse refused to give the elderly resident CPR. Even after the 911 dispatcher’s asked that the nurse perform CPR, the nurse can be heard telling the dispatcher that it was against the retirement facility’s policy to perform CPR. HUH? An ambulance arrived several minutes after the 911 call and took the woman to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Unless the individual had a DNR, who actually thinks its a rational policy to not save an individual who is in critical distress and to wait for help that will most likely come too late? Kind of makes one wonder what these people will and will not do to help a dying person. Whether they were a skilled or not a skilled facility, how could some one in the health care profession actually let an individual die and not lift a finger? Obamacare would be proud, talk about your death panels.

 An elderly woman being cared for at a Bakersfield retirement facility died after a nurse at the facility refused to perform CPR on the woman after she collapsed, authorities said.

When the 87-year-old resident of Glenwood Gardens collapsed at the facility around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a staff member called 911 but refused to give the woman CPR, Bakersfield television station ABC23 (http://bit.ly/YQULm3 ) reported Friday.

In refusing the 911 dispatcher’s insistence that she perform CPR, the nurse can be heard telling the dispatcher that it was against the retirement facility’s policy to perform CPR.

During the exchange between the nurse and the dispatcher, the dispatcher can be heard saying “I don’t understand why you’re not willing to help this patient.”

UPDATE I: The retirement facility released a 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.

UPDATE II: Here the 911 audio tape HERE. Also, it has been confirmed that the woman did not have a DNR, but even more shocking, the deceased woman’s daughter said that she was satisfied with her mothers care at the facility. Really, some thing smells a bit fishy here.

KGET confirmed the Bayless did not have a do-not-resuscitate order. Nevertheless, her daughter — who is a nurse herself — told the station she was satisfied with her mother’s care at the facility.

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  • Comments

    6 Responses to “UNBELIEVABLE … 87 Year Old Elderly Woman Dies after Nurse Refuses to do CPR at Glenwood Gardens Retirement Facility in Bakersfield, CA (911 Call Audio)”

    1. Its Me on March 4th, 2013 3:12 pm

      I believe all these places are alike. They let these poor people lay in there own irine and crap before they will take them to the bathroom. They clean them up somtimes before they get visitors. I well end it all before they put me in one of those sxxt holes. I hope the family sues the heck out of this place.

    2. Noah Smith on March 4th, 2013 7:51 pm

      As a CNA and with 5 years expierence with special need camps I know that the first thing a nurse should hold close to their heart is the life of the people they care for. I am outraged that a facility that is supposed to take care of our parents and grandparents put protection of human life at the bottom of the list. When you work hospitals, nursing homes, camps, the FIRST concern is the care of the people you take care of. This place shows through these actions that they don’t hold human life in high regard and as far as I am concerned they should be shut down by DHEC and sued!! This facility cares only about themselves no one else. As far as I’m concerned they are assholes in my eyes. everyone the health field should be required to perform CPR /AED when the situation calls for it!!

    3. Justice on March 4th, 2013 11:13 pm

      What kind of person lets an 87 year old patient die and remains employed there- shut down your hospital you punks. Hope her ghost haunts you every night.

    4. super dave on March 5th, 2013 8:09 am

      this is just the beginning of the evil that obama care will bring. i hope the democrats are happy with the death they have put on our country.

    5. publicenemy2u on March 6th, 2013 4:34 pm

      I can tell you what it feels like to have someone you have just done CPR on and got breathing on their own while waiting for the DNR orders to be found. The aid gets the doctor on the phone and he says the Pt is a DNR. The orders are supposed to be posted on the bed. The Pt. coded again a few minutes later and died. I’ll never forget the feeling. The person in the story had requested NO CPR.

    6. Susan on March 9th, 2013 1:48 pm

      Too bad doctors aren’t weighing in on this more…there is NO good outcome on performing CPR on a person this age. She would likely be a vegetable. The daughter, also a nurse, would have known this. The patient stated she wanted to die peacefully, which is in line with the policy of the facility. People need to start to MYOB and stop pronouncing judgments on issues on which they are ignorant.

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