No “do not resuscitate” order was in the paperwork on hand for a Glenwood Gardens resident who died Tuesday after a facility nurse’s controversial decision not to perform CPR on her, according to reports released by the Bakersfield Fire Department Monday.
That lack of a directive could be key in the ethical debate already playing out nationwide over whether Glenwood personnel should have performed CPR on 80-year-old Lorraine Bayless when she was found unconscious and not breathing regularly at Glenwood.
Glenwood managers have said it’s against their policy for staff to perform CPR on their residents.
The incident report shows the department was dispatched to the facility at 11:09:03 a.m. Feb. 26 and arrived at 11:13:24.
“E15 was dispatched to a medical aid for a patient in apparent cardiac arrest,” the document’s narrative says. “While enroute, E15 was contacted by ECC via radio and advised the facility was refusing to initiate CPR. E15 arrived on scene simultaneously with Hall Ambulance.
“E15 personnel proceeded to the dining room and found a female patient to be pulseless, non breathing and lying supine on the floor. Co15 made contact with the facility LVN and received the patient’s paperwork. No DNR was present.”
Fire personnel were advised to immediately initiate CPR, the report continues. Hall Ambulance personnel arrived and took over primary care of the patient.
Bayless was taken to Mercy Southwest Hospital, where she later died.