Couple things. The woman was not a DNR. She was a full code.
Secondly, the woman who was refusing to do CPR was an RN (that’s what they said on the news last night)
The companies policy is to call 911 and stand by with the patient. Without a doubt this is to avoid a lawsuit. The “good sameritan law” does not apply to people who are medically trained, which all the staff members would be (CPR/AED at a minimum) If the attempt to render aid and fail they would be opening themselves and the company up for a potentially huge law suit.
It’s a crummy situation but that’s how it goes. The patients family also said they didn’t have a problem with how it went down and that they knew the SNF’s policies before sending her there.[/quote]
Even as an EMR with the fire department, we are only ever required to help if we are on duty, for a volunteer that means pretty much only when there is a call.
We also get certain immunities. We can take out doors and windows, and break ribs giving CPR. We can even render treatment to someone who told us no if they loose consciousness or we deem them to be in an altered mental state. I do not know how immunities work for on the job nursing home staff. If they can get sued for breaking ribs, I’d probably have the same no CPR policy.