Local Caregivers Discuss Rules on CPR

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MEDFORD, Ore. — In the wake of the situation in Bakersfield, local retirement facilities are weighing in on when to use CPR to save someone’s life.

Whether it’s independent living or assisted living, the retirement staff say each resident fills out this form when they move in. It’s a “POLST” form – Physician Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment – and it explains whether a patient want to receive CPR in an emergency.

Some retirement facilities in Medford and Central Point say their staffs are trained in CPR, and know where to quickly access each patient’s POLST form. Staff members say they will call 911 immediately, then, depending on the patient’s wishes in the POLST form, will attempt to resuscitate them or perform CPR.

The director at Royal Oak Retirement Community in Medford says his priority is the health and safety of people living in the facility and he says he has performed CPR and the Heimlich maneuver several times to save people’s lives. The retirement facilities say each resident fills out the POLST form with their family and doctor.

The director at Royal Oak said it’s better to err on the side of caution. He said he’d rather lose his job while saving someone’s life than to sit back and do nothing.