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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Glenwood Gardens CPR Tragedy Sparks Public Outrage

Elderly peopleAs I have previously discussed, a nurse from the Glenwood Gardens Living Community in California claimed that she was following the home's protocol when she and everyone else refused to perform CPR on a dying resident after she collasped. It appears that this incident has sparked a good amount of outrage and a criminal investigation into the matter. More specifically, some are concerned with the policies at similar senior living facilities across the state and whether these policies would prevent staff members in other facilities from intervening in a medical emergency.

Lorraine Bayless, the elderly woman who collapsed, "lived in the independent living building, which state officials said is like a senior apartment complex and doesn't operate under licensing oversight." This incident has brought this problem to light among advocacy groups who are appealed by the actions of the staff at Glenwood Gardens. In the facility's defense, the director Jeffrey Toomer stated that the nurse followed their policy to the letter and that no wrongdoing was done. 

See Gosia Wozniacka & Tracie Cone, Glenwood Gardens CPR Case: Independent Living Home Defends Nurse Who Refused To Help Ailing Patient, The Huffington Post, Mar. 4, 2013.

Special thanks to David S.Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing this to my attention.


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