Texas law does not require CPR in senior living facilities

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by Joe Conger / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The chilling 911 call in which a nurse refuses to give emergency CPR to a dying senior is making national headlines.

San Antonio's elderly population is rapidly increasing. That begs the question, could the unthinkable happen here? 

Yes. 

“Licensed facilities in Texas can refuse to provide CPR, but they are required to notify people during the admissions process of that policy,” said Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities Services' Cecilia Cavuto. 

Cavuto said this is true even if the facility has certified nurses on staff.

The Department of Aging and Disabilities Services has no authority over independent living facilities.
 
Managers at many senior facilities across town — both independent living facilities and assisted living facilities — expressed disgust at the California nurse’s decision.
 
Budgie Amparo, the Vice President of Quality and Risk Management at Emeritus Senior Living, released this statement:
 
“All staff members are encouraged to become CPR certified. It is our policy to do the right thing in all circumstances, and we will stand behind any employee who does so.”
 
Cavuto said families which are looking for a senior home need to ask the CPR question when touring any facility.

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