Entries in Bakersfield (2)


Elderly Woman Dies After Nurse Refuses to Give Her CPR

ABC News(BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) -- A 911 dispatcher pleaded with a nurse at a Bakersfield, Calif., senior living facility to save the life of an elderly woman by giving her CPR, but the nurse said policy did not allow her to, according to a newly released audiotape of the call.

“Is there anybody there that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?” the dispatcher asked in a recording of the 911 call released by the Bakersfield Fire Department.

“Not at this time,” the nurse said.

The incident unfolded on Tuesday when 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless collapsed at Glenwood Gardens, a senior living facility in Bakersfield.

In the seven-minute, 16-second recording, the nurse told the dispatcher it was against the facility’s policy for employees to perform CPR on residents.

With every passing second, Bayless’ chances of survival were diminishing. The dispatcher’s tone turned desperate.

“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,” the dispatcher said.  ”This woman is not breathing enough. She is going to die if we don’t get this started.”

After several minutes, an ambulance arrived and took Bayless to Mercy Southwest Hospital, where she died.

Glenwood Gardens released a statement confirming its policy prohibiting employees from performing CPR.

“In the event of a health emergency at this independent living community, our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives. That is the protocol we followed,” the statement said.

Despite protocol being followed, the nursing home said it would launch an internal investigation into the matter.

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America's Most Toxic Cities: Where Does Yours Rate?

Jupiterimages/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Philadelphia has been ranked as the top city on a list that no city wants to be on -- the list of the most toxic cities in America.

The city best known for cheese steak sandwiches, is now also known for its toxicity, according to Forbes magazine, as Philadelphia sits atop Forbes' list of 2011 Most Toxic Cities. Other major cities at the top include New York City, which comes in at number four, and Los Angeles, one of four California cities in the top ten.

The list was determined by taking the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, and averaging their rankings in the following areas: air quality, water quality, the number of days when their Air Quality Index (AQI) was above 100 in 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), and Superfund sites -- areas in a city that contain hazardous waste, but are no longer in use. AQI is rated on a scale of zero to 500, with an AQI of over 100 capable of inducing respiratory problems for people with lung disease, and higher numbers bringing additional problems, according to Forbes.

The following is a list of the top 10 toxic cities:
1. Philadelphia
2. Bakersfield, Calif.
3. Fresno, Calif.
4. New York
5. Baton Rouge, La.
6. Los Angeles
7. Houston
8. St. Louis
9. Salt Lake City
10. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.

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