Our local news rag (The Bakersfield Californian
) has plenty of updates on this. Note paywall, you
get a certain number of articles free unless you block everything but the main site with noscript.
1. There was no DNR order with the paperwork supplied to EMS by the facility, per the fire department.
2. This is a big national chain of senior facilities. You sign over your house to them and they look after you for as long as you live. Business is
3. The woman's daughter has said several times that she's satisfied with the care her mother received. Be nice to your kids, they'll be choosing
your nursing home.
4. It wasn't actually a nursing home, though there is one on the same site. This particular location was more of an apartment scenario with dining
and laundry service.
5. The nurse who refused CPR wasn't working as a nurse, but as an activities coordinator or something like that.
6. CPR: If you're not breaking ribs, you're doing it wrong. You're 87 years old, your lungs and maybe other organs have been lacerated by your
broken ribs, and you're now in ICU with a tube down your throat, another in your chest, IVs, catheters, and dog knows what else. And you maybe went
without oxygen long enough to damage your brain. Odds of returning to an independent life after that? Think about it.
On the one hand, the nurse's behavior on the phone was despicable. I wanted to cry when I heard the 911 tape. On the other hand, we all die
eventually. If you're 87 and too frail to live in your own home, even if you're not yet frail enough to require assisted living or nursing home
care, it's time to think about a DNR and a living will. Better to expire peacefully in the dining room than weeks and hundreds of thousands of
dollars later in an ICU.
More: There's now talk of a police investigation. Also, the company has a pending application for a license as a continuing care home. I wonder if
this incident will have a bearing on their application. Ya think?