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To perform CPR or not

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    An elderly women died this week after 911 was called because the senior facility has a rule where medical aid will not be provided to seniors at the facility. A case of liability..... Do you agree with this policy ? I think it's sick to allow someone to die when you can help but won't help.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/04/health/california-cpr-death/
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    We can thank the lawyers for this one. If someone touched this lady and she still died they'd be sued, they may not lose but there'd be an ambulance chasing lawyer (or maybe a dozen of them) who would be willing to file the lawsuit. Good samaritan laws supposedly protect people trying to help, but it doesn't always protect them.

    That's America in 2013, unfortunately.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    I just heard on CNN that they (not sure who "they" are) are considering filing charges in this specific incident. Reporters are saying that this was NOT a nursing home, and thus they were not required by law to perform any specific action. However, I heard the specific 911 call on TV and the person at the facility who was on the phone stated that she was an RN. My sister was, and my daughter is an RN, and I feel like maybe they take some sort of oath to protect life, kind of like a doctor, when they get their degree, but regardless, where was the human compassion in ANYONE who was witnessing the poor woman's final minutes? There is no guarantee that it would have saved her, but personally I would darn sure feel guilty if I was there and did nothing.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    The one thing I would bet on is that there will be lawsuits filed. Whether the lady was helped or not, whether she lived or not, there's always some blood sucking lawyers who will try to make money off this tragedy. The lawyers will say they just want to get justice but I know they do not care for anything except the money that they hope to make off someone.

    I did not hear that the lady who refused to help was an RN, if so she should be ashamed of herself.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    She did state that she was a nurse, however a later report said that was in fact not a nurse but a care giver, and also the Policy that she quotes does not say to not assist but it was reported to say give aid until the professional's arrive,this is messed up either way but what did startle me was the daughter's reaction,it was like oh,well,they followed their procedures. This is not over yet, there will be a lot of questions that need to be answered and also the question of Good Samaritan should be quantified.