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California CPR Case Troubling For Tulsans

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Tulsa Jewish Retirement Center is a 4 star retirement facility. While the California case is hundreds of miles away the conversations it's generated seem to be everywhere.

 911 Call Dispatch: "We're going to let this lady die? Nurse: That's why we're calling 911. Dispatch: We can't wait!"

The Bakersfield California nurse told dispatch it's against company policy to perform C-P-R. The patient later died.

"I just can't even imagine that," says Donna Lee, Nursing Director at The Tulsa Jewish Retirement Center. The "ONLY" thing they have in common with the California facility is that they too offer independent living because there is a big difference in the level of care.

"If you're going to have a nurse on staff, every nurse knows how to do C-P-R and there's no reason to let someone die," says Lee.

Residents here are also weighing in on the conversation.

Cease Jefferson says, "You're talking about life and death absolutely. Why wouldn't they give C-P-R.

The Tulsa Jewish Retirement Center is home for 184 residents at all health and skill levels. If anyone here needed C-P-R they would receive it.

"We would call 9-1-1 but we would also start C-P-R. We would have someone else starting C-P-R and calling 9-1-1.That's our protocol," adds Lee.

Lee says in some cases when patients are terminally ill they may elect not to receive C-P-R. She said that would be the ONLY reason not to start the life saving procedure. It's when a patient has a do not resuscitate in their file. If nothing else, the California case has started more conversation about end of life care. It's hard to say whether any changes will come out of this in terms of litigation. But health care facilities might use this as a learning experience.

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