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The staffer was identified today as a resident services
director, not a nurse as previously reported.
The woman repeatedly rebuffed pleas from the 911
dispatcher during a seven minute call on Feb. 26 to
give the woman CPR or to ask someone else to do it.
Lorraine Bayless, 87, died later that day after being
taken to a hospital by ambulance.
The incident occurred at Glenwood Gardens in
Bakersfield, Calif., and today the police said they were
looking into what occurred during the phone call with
"Independent Living communities do not provide
medical services, as they are not licensed to do so. In
an emergency, staff will call 911 and then wait with the
person in need of assistance. Glenwood Gardens is an
independent living facility which, by law, is not
licensed to provide medical care to any of its
residents," Turner said in a statement.
Halvorson is part of "a special breed," said Bakersfield
Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Galagaza.
Dealing with a caller who won't follow directions
happens routinely, he said.
"They go through this a number of times a month," he
told ABCNews.com. "They give instruction over the
phone (and) at times it's declined, other times it's
The staffer had nothing to lose legally, he said. All
states have laws protecting good Samaritans, he said.
Caplan said, however, that even if the staffer did
perform CPR, the chances of keeping Bayless alive
were slim. Even when CPR is administered
immediately the chance of recovery is worse than 50-50, Caplan said.
Originally posted by AQuestion
reply to post by Libertygal
Having taken care of my father in in-home hospice, I know exactly how these things work and understood what had possibly happened. Having said that, if people's assumptions had been right then their emotions and responses would have valid. That we cannot trust the media is clear, that they offer no facts would be silly. We are to learn to discern the difference, not just ignore everything we read. IMHO.
The CPR Death at Glenwood
Gardens: What Really
Happened and Five Lessons You Should Learn
By now you know the story—or at least think
you do: A nursing home nurse sees an 87-year-old resident in cardiac arrest and calls 9-11.
Except most of the story isn’t true. Lorraine
Bayless lived at a Bakersfield (CA) continuing
care community called Glenwood Gardens, but
in independent living, not in its skilled nursing
facility. She did not die of a heart attack but of a
stroke, according to the death certificate signed
by her personal physician. CPR may have saved
her, but it is very unlikely.
And there is more. Mrs. Bayless did not want
life-prolonging medical interventions, and her
family is fully satisfied with the care she
received. And the staffer who called 9-11 may
not have been a licensed nurse at all.
What emergency care do you want? This may
be the most important question of all. Mrs.
Bayless’ family says she did not want life-prolonging emergency care. It is not clear
whether she had a living will or do not
resuscitate order, or had designated a family
member as her healthcare proxy. But if you are
old enough to be reading this, you should
discuss end-of-life issues with family members
and prepare your own advanced directives.
The best outcome for Mrs. Bayless may
have been for the staffer to not call 9-11 at all
but rather to hold her in her arms until she
passed away. But she had to know that.
Finally, lesson No. 5: Don’t believe all the news
you read on the Web.
It sickens me that people can make such horrible statements and judgements, even wishing death on others, with a story of lies as their truth. My intent is to change that.