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PATIENT DIES AFTER NURSE REFUSES TO PERFORM CPR

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A county official says a dispatcher followed general protocols when she pleaded with an independent living facility nurse to perform CPR on a woman who later died in California.

The statement came Monday after the facility defended the nurse, saying she also had followed policy.

Kern County Fire Department spokesman Sean Collins says dispatcher Tracey Halvorson had more passion in her voice than normal during the call because she thought she was talking with a registered nurse who was refusing to save the woman’s life.

At the beginning of the Tuesday morning call aired by several media outlets on Sunday, the nurse asked for paramedics to come and help the 87-year-old woman who had collapsed in the facility and was barely breathing.

The woman was later declared dead at Mercy Southwest Hospital.

Collins says Halvorson is an experienced dispatcher and has worked for the county center for at least a decade.

5 Responses to PATIENT DIES AFTER NURSE REFUSES TO PERFORM CPR

  • sweet says:

    I COULD UNDERSTAND IF THE WOMAN HAD A DNR ORDER ( DO NOT RESUSCITATE ), OTHERWISE I BELIEVE EVERYTHING SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE TO SAVE THIS WOMAN’S LIFE. PEOPLE NEED TO REALLY LOOK INTO THE POLICIES OF THESE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES. THIS WOMAN COULD HAVE BEEN ANYONE’S MOTHER.

  • PPL busineSS says:

    Mornin MET that is the policy of the home and the kids r aware that the facility DONT DO CPR so teh daughter make a public statement say “she is satisfy with the care that her motehr get” so I guess dem did waan d oman dead long time fi put her in a place like dat, cause at 87 obviously she a go need CPR occasionally

  • Knows it all says:

    The nurse did not violate the agreement of the center, but what about the agreement of being a nurse?. We need to really think about the career path we choose and also the places we choose to work.

  • Observer says:

    Family probably placed their Mother there due to the facility’s protocols and policies. On a human level, how could we stand by and let another human die due to lack of simple AIR….a natural necessity is beyond comprehension. Since the family appears to be fine with the outcome, dem shouldn’t even mek it reach newz but a di dispatcher cause di uproar which is right. Poor dispatcher was so frightened and that Nurse is the calmest Nurse I’ve ever heard in a crisis situation. She need fi wok a Iraq she can really compose harself good god man smh

  • Met says:

    knows it all true …morning ppl business

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