Glenwood Gardens, a senior living facility in Bakersfield, California, is coming under fire after a nurse refused to administer CPR to an elderly resident that had collapsed. In a 911 call released this week, the dispatcher can be heard pleading with a nurse to administer CPR to the elderly woman. The nurse responded that company policy did not allow her to do so.
The dispatcher can be heard asking, “Is there anybody there that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?” The nurse coldly replied, “Not at this time.”
The elderly resident was finally taken by ambulance to Mercy Southwest Hospital, where she died.
Glenwood Gardens released a statement confirming its policy prohibiting employees from performing CPR. Glenwood Gardens is a for-profit nursing home owned by Brookdale Senior Living, one of the largest nursing home operators in the U.S.