So wrong on so many levels...
The following story is wrong on so many levels it's not funny. Granted, this is about a weak person, not a hero, but it still reads like a page out of Atlas Shrugged:
Elderly Woman Dies After Nurse Refuses to Give Her CPR
by Alyssa Newcomb
March 3, 2013
From the article:
A 911 dispatcher pleaded with a nurse at a Bakersfield, Calif., senior living facility to save the life of an elderly woman by giving her CPR, but the nurse said policy did not allow her to, according to a newly released audiotape of the call.
“Is there anybody there that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?” the dispatcher asked in a recording of the 911 call released by the Bakersfield Fire Department.
“Not at this time,” the nurse said.
The incident unfolded on Tuesday when 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless collapsed at Glenwood Gardens, a senior living facility in Bakersfield.
In the seven-minute, 16-second recording, the nurse told the dispatcher it was against the facility’s policy for employees to perform CPR on residents.
With every passing second, Bayless’ chances of survival were diminishing. The dispatcher’s tone turned desperate.
“Anybody there can do CPR. Give them the phone please. I understand if your facility is not willing to do that. Give the phone to that passerby,” the dispatchersaid. ”This woman is not breathing enough. She is going to die if we don’t get this started.”
The old lady did die.
And Glenwood Gardens officially said that the nurse did her job correctly. It's doing an "internal investigation" for show.
This is the direct result of the cover-your-ass legal culture we have here in the USA. And the ironic part is that Glenwood Gardens is probably going to be sued seven ways to Sunday--exactly what their idiotic bureaucratic policy was designed to avoid.
If you go to the ABC News site I linked to, you can hear some of the 911 call--the controlled exasperation of the dispatcher trying in vain to convince the Drooling Beast of mediocrity to get her head out of the rule-book and into reality. Just do something to let the old lady live...
But the Drooling Beast said she couldn't do anything because of the rules.
No wonder Dagny shot the guard in AS.
I don't think I am going to sleep well tonight...