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4 March 2013

Why Have A Nurse At A Retirement Home I

by Code Monkey

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Plattner{.author-photo}Adam Plattner{.author} - 2013-03-04 12:44:19-0500[

Why have a nurse at a retirement home if she will not provide CPR even when directed by EMS staff over the phone because it was against company policy?\ \ We live in a society where avoiding lawsuits are more important then human life.

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Helen Plattner{.author}[ - 2013-03-05 10:23:23-0500]{.time}

My feelings on this would be very different if she did not have a DNR order in place. I feel for the daughter who must be wrestling with the grief and blowback of the media attention to this.. I also believe that a facility like this should have a communicated policy with ems that can alert an operator - facilities want cya protections, people themselves want their wishes respected, the community wants safe facilities and services to be provided, and the laws need to be followed - all of which can equate to a public relations nightmare. This story is biased in its reporting as it sensationalizes (and demonizes the nurse) by taking the moral perspective that you must always help and if you are trained and fail to intervene it is unconscionable. Standing by watching while someone suffers or dies is one of the hardest things I can imagine having to do and yet we ask our health practitioners to do it everyday- from DNR orders, to the denial of pain medication for terminally ill children, to the insistence on medical devices beyond brain death (Fl woman case), to insurance or hospital admission denials (turfing) - our outrage needs to be directed appropriately towards the fact in this case the call should have been placed and not kept the operator tied to a call that only serves to keep someone else from being helped and puts the operator and nurse through such anguish. Truth of the matter is that with a DNR in place the medical response team could not do any more than provide oxygen and transport to a hospital where by law a doctor declares death and public health protocols are followed.

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