Our 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.