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Nurse refuses to perform CPR

Updated: Monday, March 4 2013, 08:53 AM EST
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CALIFORNIA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A retirement home in California is coming under fire after one of its residents stopped breathing and the staff there refused to perform CPR.

It was all captured on a disturbing 911 call.

911: "We need to get CPR started. That's not enough. OK?"

Nurse: "Yeah, we can't do CPR."

911: "Okay, then hand the phone to a passerby. If you can't do it, hand it to the passerby and I'll have her do it. Or if you've got any sitting citizens there, I'll have them do it.”

Nurse: "No. No."

911: "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, then, that stranger. This woman is not breathing enough. She's going to die if we don't get this started. Do you understand?"

Nurse: "I understand.”

911: "Okay."

Nurse: "I am a nurse, but I cannot have our other senior citizens who don't know CPR--"

911: "I will instruct them in it."

Nurse: "--to do this. We're in a dining room."

911: "I will instruct them. Is there anyone there who is willing...?"

Nurse: "I cannot do that."

911: "I don't understand why you're not willing to help this patient."

This conversation went on for seven minutes with the dispatcher pleading for someone to start CPR and the woman lying unconscious on the floor.

An ambulance then arrived and took the woman to the hospital where she died.

Officials at the facility say it is their policy for staff not to attempt CPR and that residents are made aware of that before they move in.

The incident is still under investigation.

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