In this video we see a World War II veteran repeatedly calling for help, saying he can’t breathe. It also shows the nurses failing to take life-saving measures and laughing as they try to start an oxygen machine.
Two Atlanta nurses lost their licenses after a television station persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care.
The family of 89-year-old James Dempsey of Woodstock, Georgia, sued the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center in 2014.
A statement from the center says care has improved since then, and under different leadership.
The television station said that the nurses didn’t surrender their licenses until this September when it sent The Georgia Board of Nursing a link to the video the nursing home fought three years to keep secret.
A nursing supervisor told attorneys that, when she learned Dempsey had stopped breathing, she rushed to his room and took over CPR, keeping it up until paramedics arrived. However, the video shows that nobody was doing CPR when she arrived, and she did not start it immediately.
Once the nurse was shown the video, she told the attorneys it was an honest mistake.
Records showed continued problems, including $813,000 in Medicare fines since 2015. It said the nursing home got a good inspection report in May, but still has Medicare’s lowest score, a one-star rating.
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