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  •  Facility's No-CPR Policy Takes Heat (8+ / 0-)

    From USA Today:

    The death of an 87-year-old woman who did not receive CPR in her central California retirement community was a tragedy waiting to happen, long-term care housing experts say.

    A nurse at Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif., refused to give Lorraine Bayless CPR after she collapsed last Tuesday in the dining room and was barely breathing. The nurse called 911 for help, saying it was against the facility's policy for staff to give CPR.

    "It's a human being," dispatcher Tracey Halvorson says on a 911 tape released Sunday by the Bakersfield Fire Department. It was aired by many media outlets Monday.

    "Is there anybody that's willing to help this lady and not let her die?"

    "Um, not at this time,'' the nurse said. Bayless was declared dead at Mercy Southwest Hospital later Tuesday.

    •  It's A Human Being.... Can We Flag Someone Down (7+ / 0-)

      in the street?

      God love that dispatcher who so clearly understood our corporpathic country and tried everything she could think of to work around it.

      Jesus-- Flag someone down in the street.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:28:51 PM PST

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    •  Honestly, the woman was 87 (6+ / 0-)

      years old and was at a facility that might very well have a "do not resuscitate" policy. We don't know. I just don't see how we can judge without any more facts. It's one of those

      Just because we can doesn't always mean we should.

      The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by maggiejean on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:32:07 PM PST

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      •  SOS - advanced health care directive (2+ / 0-)
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        renzo capetti, maggiejean

        you can print out Advanced Health Care Directive form from Sec. of State office - CA.

        When you have filled it out either with two witnesses or have it notarized - can send it to SOS to have it registered with their office;

        keep the original - the SOS gets a copy - makes copies for medical providers, family members etc whomever;

        if your last wishes are registered with CA SOS and all significant health care providers have copy of it plus everybody you wish to inform or may need to know then - you are covered pretty good... the cost of notary is apx $10.00 the cost to register AHCA is $10.00

        Conservatives with actual power view their motives as all about comforting the comfortable and afflicting the afflicted, about giving more to those who already have a lot. ~ Paul Krugman

        by anyname on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 12:35:47 AM PST

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