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CPR protocols questioned after patient dies

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Cedar Creek director says workers would do ‘something rather than nothing’

Monday’s headlines about an 87-year-old Bakersfield woman who died after a senior living facility worker refused to give her CPR, despite a 911 operator’s pleas, have caused public concern over such facilities’ emergency protocols.

Martin T. Vale, executive director of Cedar Creek Senior Living in Madera, said he wouldn’t comment on Glenwood Gardens, the facility where the incident occurred, but he wanted to assure Maderans that what happened there would not happen at Cedar Creek.

“I took the initiative about four or five months ago to have all of my department heads CPR certified,” Vale said. “If there is an emergency and someone is in need of CPR, we have people here who can do it.”

The staffer in the Bakersfield incident was simply following the facility’s protocol, according to a statement released this week by Jeffrey Toomer, Glenwood Gardens’ executive director...


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