I have been watching, then participating in, the thread about Lorraine Bayless and her unfortunate death at the facility in which she resided.
With a spoonful of seemingly biased information from a blog, people were inflamed and outraged about a story based largely on emotion, and very little
This thread is to bring light to the dark corners, bring you some real facts, and perhaps get you asking some of the real, hard questions that you
should be asking.
I will outline a few for you, then bring you facts, and in doing so, hopefully put a whole different perspective on the issue, while stepping back
from the emotional outrage.
Perhaps a different outrage may take it's place, but, that remians to be seen.
BLS - Basic Life Support -Also known as CPR
Upon finding a victim down, the first steps are to assess the victim while summoning help. While you stay with the victim, dispatch someone to call
Look listen feel
Shake the person. Call to them, "Are you ok?"
If no response, feel for a pulse.
Listen for breathing, watch for the chest to rise, feel with your cheek for breathing.
Depending on the results to all of these factors is the actions you take next.
The person has a pulse.
How is their breathing? Passing out does not mean dead or dying. Count the breaths per minute.
The pulse rate, even if slow, can determine agonal rhytm, and CPR can be done with agonal rhytm.
Slow agonal breathing can determine the need for rescue breaths. If the person is choking, agonal breathing is sometimes best left alone, as attempts
at rescue breaths may force the offending food item deeper. A simple finger sweep, without digging into the throat, or a visual inspection, can give
evidence the food item is too deep.
In this case, pulse, possible choking with a food item deeply lodged. Rescue breathing would likely cause more blockage and completely shut off all
Wait with the patient after turning them on their side, for help to arrive.
You see, the 911 tape was edited. You only get the part where the 911 operator in half panic starts begging people to do CPR. YOU do not have all the
Why was that cut from the tape? The answers may WELL reveal that no help was really needed, and in fact may have put the 911 operator in a bad light.
All speculation, if course, but all answers you should be seeking. Why am I the only one asking these questions?
Next - She wanted everything done. She did not have a DNR Order.
Says WHO? I can wholly promise you, this did not come from the facility she was living in, nor any of their employees. In fact, I can almost guarantee
that the facility does not have this on file. They have no need to, they are not a medical facility.
Disclosure of this, from anyone but the daughter, would be a HIPAA violation, a violation of Federal Law, without the consent of the daughter. And
that means, DNR or not.
So far, all references I have seen regarding a DNR, or "she wanted everything done" has come from blogs and other talking heads that are trying to
manipukate and inflame you emotionally. First, ask yourselves what their underlying intent could be, then ask yourselves why you are so easily
manipulated and controlled by these people. MSM or blogs, always double, tripple, quadrouple check your facts.
Next- people stood and watched her die.
This is a bald faced lie. She was still alive, breathing, when EMS arrived.
She was treated on scene, and then transported to the hospital, where ahe was still alive. She died LATER at the hospital, of an undisclosed cause.
You see? We STILL do not have enough information about what happened in the cafeteria, what happened with EMS, and what happened at the hospital. We
have no cause of death, and we have, and most likely will never have, an autopsy.
Next - this facility is like an apartment complex, except for the elderly. An Independent living facility, where you have people like concierges, that
assist with shopping, travel, daytime activities, parties, movies, group outtings, etc. This is NOT a medical facility, nor is it licensed by the
state to provide ANY medical care. Even applying a splint to a fracture is medical care, basic first aid, and can cause a facility such as this, to
lose their state licensure.
They are located adjacent to an extended care facility that provides the same concierge type services, and light medical assistance, such as help with
daily insulin, which is hard for elderly to read, or reminders on pills, more assistance with mobility issues, etc. They likely do require staff to be
trained in BLS Basic Life Support.
Next to that facility, is a Nursing Home, where most people require full assist to get out of bed, are bed or wheelchair bound, vent dependent, need
ADL assistance, bathing, eating, getting dressed. Pretty much full attention. Many nursing homes can give tube feedings, catheters, wound care,
injectable meds, and even IV meds. If a patient becomes severely ill, they are transported to hospital.
Next - the 911 caller, in her Official capacity at the facility, was NOT a nurse. This is a misidentification by the media, and allowed to perpetrate
throughout many stories.
Next, I wilk link multiple supporting sources to back up my statement.
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