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Company Where Nurse Refused To Do CPR Also Operates In MI


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A nurse at a senior living faclity in Californa refused to give CPR to a resident who collapsed because it's against company policy. 6 News has learned that company, Brookdale Senior Living, runs facilities here in Mid-Michigan.

When contacted, none of them had a comment about what happened in California and wouldn't talk about their policies.

"Is there anybody there that would be willing to do it? We can't do that. Are we just going to wait? We're just going to let this lady die? Well, that's why were calling 911."

Seconds ticked away as the dispatcher pleads with the caller to do something.

"She can't wait. She can't wait for somebody to get there. She is stopping breathing."

By the time medics arrived, it was too late. The facility released a statement saying they are "conducting a thorough review and our practice is to immediatly call emergency medical personel and wait with the person needing help."

The facility where this happened is an independent living facility. In Michigan, they aren't regulated by state law and are different than other assisted living facilites. Homes for the aged and adult foster care are regulated by the state and provide supervised personal care. Adult foster care homes must also provide training for first aid and CPR.
"I think for our Michigan facilities, that includes hospice facilities, I think it's really important for them to take a look at the situation and say what if. There has to be a review. There has to be some sort of playing out of scenarios where real people and real staff to say if this kind of situation happened here. What am I going to do," said Lisa Ashley, the president and CEO of Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan.

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