Seniors Housing Weekly Update -- Plan Ahead For CPR
April 23, 2013
Plan Ahead For CPR
Remember all the commotion more than a month ago about the taped conversation between a Brookdale Senior Living employee, who wouldn’t give CPR to a collapsed resident, and a 911 dispatcher? Paul Gordon, on behalf of the American Seniors Housing Association, drafted a short but sweet brief about CPR and seniors housing. The conclusion was that if you are not going to provide CPR to residents, resident contracts should clearly state that and the resident should initial that clause. If you do plan to have staff trained in CPR, then residents should opt in or out of wanting to receive it, making their wishes clearly known, and you should have a system in place readily accessible with this information. The reality is that among the frail elderly, CPR is only between 0% and 5% effective in saving a life, and that’s assuming you don’t fracture any ribs or puncture any organs, which happens more than 50% of the time. Even among the general population CPR works only 20% of the time. The seniors housing sector always seems to have a bulls-eye on its forehead when things go wrong. Let’s try to limit the target practice.