Monday, March 4, 2013


THE ASSYLUM: For the care of people, especially those with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.


WTF!  Here’s the scenario. A woman living in a Gilmore Gardens “Senior Living” Facility is in distress. Someone on the staff who identifies themselves as a “nurse” calls 911. When the operator determines that the person needs CPR, and asks that it be performed, the nurse refuses stating it is “against company policy.” I need to repeat because I first could not believe what I heard. It’s “against company policy to administer CPR to someone in a life threatening situation?  She goes on to say that she is also prohibited from asking anyone else to assist. Is this America? Or are we living in a 1940’s version of Nazi Germany?

The conversation went like this;

"Is there anybody that's willing to help this lady and not let her die," dispatcher Tracey Halvorson says on a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department. "Not at this time," said the nurse, who did not give her full name and said facility policy prevented her from giving the woman medical help. At the beginning of the call, on Tuesday, the nurse asked for paramedics to come and help the 87-year-old woman who had collapsed in the home's dining room and was barely breathing.

Ms Halvorson pleads for the nurse to perform CPR, and after several refusals she starts pleading for her to find a resident, or a gardener, or anyone not employed by the home to get on the phone, take her instructions and help the woman.

"Can we flag someone down in the street and get them to help this lady?" she says on the call. "Can we flag a stranger down? I bet a stranger would help her."

The woman was later declared dead at Mercy Southwest Hospital, officials said.

Woman Dies After Nurse Refuses To Perform CPR

Gilmore Gardens is the perfect blend of the independence you want and the assistance you sometimes need. It's a tasteful lifestyle choice in sunny Richmond, offering the convenience of nearby shopping, nature walks, transportation and physicians.