What if a Nurse Refuses to do CPR and a Patient Dies? It Happened

raleigh nursing home abuse lawyersOur Raleigh injury lawyers learned about a case where a staff member refused to give CPR to an 87-year-old resident in a nursing home; the resident later died. The staff member worked at an independent senior housing center whose policy was that CPR was not required. The senior housing center's policy requires staff to call 911 to dispatch medical emergency personnel, which she did and identified herself as a nurse. The dispatcher on the phone instructed the staff member repeatedly to administer CPR, but she did not comply and cited the center's policy. The resident had no pulse by the time EMTs arrived.

Discussions have started over the nurse's responsibilities. Since the senior living center is for independent living, the function of the residence is not focused on medical care. If the staff person present at the time the resident was experiencing breathing problems happened to be a nurse, some say she was following the duties of her employment and did not necessarily have to exercise any licensed nursing qualifications. Other arguments are being made that the resident did not have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order on file, meaning she wanted every measure taken to sustain her life.

If you are concerned about the care your loved one is receiving at a North Carolina nursing home, contact our injury lawyers to discuss suspected neglect. Our Raleigh nursing home abuse lawyers help families navigate the complicated terms of senior living center policies and gather evidence of abuse to build the strongest case possible. Learn more about nursing home abuse cases in North Carolina here.

Also, make sure the nursing home has a medical staff and nurses. Some nursing homes don't mention it. It can get buried in the fine print of stacks of documents you sign, but if your loved one has a heart attack and can be saved with a basic manuver of CPR or use of a defibillator, I mean, stuff you learn in A basic course in high school and equipment used at gyms in high schools. If these ill trained nurses cannot provide these emergency procedures, they should change professions. Make sure the nursing facility has a medical staff, not a bunch of high school kids making points for college credits, and you may help save your loved ones life.
by Karen May 3, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Its important to find a trustworthy person who will make decisions about your healthcare if you become unable to communicate your choice of medical care yourself. The form is called an Executive Healthcare Directive. It should be signed in the presence of a notory public while the person is capable and competent to know what he or she is signing, and must be copied and filed with the doctors at hospital group you and your insurance uses as primary servers.
by Karen May 3, 2013 at 07:37 AM
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