Health beat: A chilling 911 call echoes in Minnesota

  • Article by: Maura Lerner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 9, 2013 - 6:51 PM

 

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oleboyMar. 11, 1311:52 AM

According to other reports, the resident had an advanced directive stating that she was a DNR--do not resuscitate. So, if that is indeed true, the right steps were taken

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opionatorApr. 5, 13 9:03 PM

I cannot believe this has become a National controversy. I've been doing CPR Training for 20+ years, am a former EMT & have been dealing with my own family members' end-of-life wishes & care directives for the past couple of years as some are aging. Some have entered assisted &/or independent senior living as this person did. DNR means DNR. This person had a do not resuscitate order. In this case, that is HER wish-nobody else has a say in the matter. Not the 911 operator, not the Nurse, not the Independent Living Home, nobody. The Do Not Resuscitate order was approved & even co-signed by the daughter. The Nurse was following her wishes & proper procedure. Perhaps people should take a CPR course & learn a bit about what they are voicing an opinion on. A proper CPR Training Course would teach all this, including when to perform & when NOT to perform CPR. Teaching lifesaving, obviously, I think it is essential & everyone should know how to... but also know when to & when not to. Don't mouth off with your opinions if you haven't taken 2 hours out of your life to learn how to save another life. Elder abuse did not take place; it might have taken place if CPR had been performed and Lorraine had lived. In cases like this, the wishes of the patient should be the only consideration. Everyone needs to know CPR-it is not expensive to learn. American CPR Training teaches group classes at your location-just 2.5 hours for Adult, Child & Infant CPR-anywhere in the USA! http://americancpr.com/specialty.html American CPR Training™ ½ the Time, ½ the Price, & TWICE the Fun!™

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