Bill Passes Outlawing “No CPR” Business Policies

Readers may recall the horrible case of an elderly woman collapsing and being refused CPR by the employee of a senior apartment complex during a 911 call. Why? The business had a policy forcing employees to refuse such care.

Now, AB 633 has passed both houses of the California Legislature and is expected to be passed by Governor Brown. From the bill:

An employer shall not adopt or enforce a policy precluding prohibiting an employee from voluntarily providing emergency medical services, including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, in response to a medical emergency

Logically, the law will not apply to long term care and other health facilities in which a patient has a DNR on the chart.

It is hard to believe that a law must be enacted to stop businesses from enacting “No CPR” policies. But, given the time in which we live, apparently so.

 

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

Most Popular

Culture

Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More
Immigration

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More
U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More