87-year old Lorraine Bayless collapsed in her dining room last Tuesday.
Barely breathing, her nurse called 911 but refused to perform CPR.
"If a person isn't properly trained on how to do CPR they can actually do harm to the individual,"
Carassco said. "There are those instances when an individual may be identified as a nurse, may even identify themselves as a nurse, but indeed they do not have the qualifications."
Gilbert Carassco is the Executive
Director for the Carillon home here in
He held the same position at a home
"When I worked in
The nurse was acting under company
guidelines-and the home,
Carassco said companies prefer to wait for emergency responders, rather than have employees attempt life saving procedures.
"They would rather have the properly trained individuals coming in and doing the proper procedures than having someone who isn't trained doesn't have CPR [knowledge] or doesn't know how to do it," Carassco said.
Carassco said the policy is not
unusual for homes in
"They are going to try and do the Good Samaritan law, where they are going to go ahead and perform CPR just to be sure," Carassco said.