Broken Nursing Home CPR Policy Leaves Patient Dead

A nursing home patient is dead after staff failed to follow nursing home policy when he stopped breathing. The policy states that every resident unless they request in writing to not be resuscitated. No one gave the patient CPR due to personal judgment calls. Three nurses were fired during an investigation of the incident.

The medical director said the man should have been a “Do Not Resuscitate”. However, the patient’s daughter stated, “Daddy would joke about it and say, if I’m going to die, he wanted everything done for him that could be done,” she said. The medical director did admit that the policy was still broken. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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