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The Ethics Behind A No-CPR Policy

Evening Edition

Above: Tony Chicotel, the staff attorney for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, talks to KPBS about the senior care industry.

Aired 3/6/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Tony Chicotel, staff attorney for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform

Neil Farber, M.D., practices general internal medicine at UC San Diego, he studies end of life care and medical ethics

Transcript

The recorded 911 call was powerful. An emergency services dispatcher in Bakersfield pleads with a worker at the Glenwood Gardens senior living facility to perform CPR on a woman collapsed on the floor.

The worker, who identified herself as a nurse, said it was against facility policy to administer CPR. Paramedics tried to revive 87-year old Lorraine Bayless, but she died at the hospital.

The terrible incident has brought the senior care industry into the spotlight --an industry that a spokesman for the California Nurses association calls "the Wild West of health care." What do people need to know about these care facilities?

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