The callous refusal of a nursing home in California to try to save a dying resident – and perhaps other cases like it around the country – should spark a national discussion on conditions and policies in such facilities.
The jaw-dropping 9-1-1 call in the Bakersfield, Calif., case has sparked national outrage, as the 9-1-1 operator can be heard gamely trying to find someone at the nursing home – a gardener, a passerby, anyone – to save the woman, even as the nurse on the line declines to do so due to company policy.
Two similar incidents have been reported in Minnesota.
If the lawyers have deemed this necessary, they’re wrong. If the law decrees it, it’s wrong. No good samaritan, especially in a nursing home, should fear reprisal for trying to save a life.