- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 5, 2013

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) - The tragic case of an elderly woman who died after a nurse at her independent living facility refused to perform CPR has prompted the nation’s largest assisted living trade group to call for change.

The Assisted Living Federation of America said Tuesday that even if facilities have policies saying employees don’t perform CPR, they should cooperate if asked to by 911 dispatchers.

Maribeth Bersani, a senior vice president, says the case and national media attention have prompted members of the group to review policies.

Eighty-seven-year-old Lorraine Bayless collapsed last week in the dining hall of the Glenwood Gardens independent living home in Bakersfield.

Despite pleas from a 911 dispatcher, a woman who identified herself as a nurse said it was company policy not to perform CPR, even as the woman could be heard gasping for air.

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