James Dempsey, aged 89, died on February 27, 2014, in the Northeast Atlanta
Health and Rehabilitation after the nursing home staff failed to provide
life-saving CPR. Dempsey’s family thought he had died of natural
causes but later discovered that the nursing home medical staff failed
to provide adequate care. A video recorded by a secret camera hidden by
Dempsey and his family revealed the inexcusable lack of care at the Atlanta
nursing home. Dempsey can be seen gasping for air while the nurses calmly
move around him and, at one point, even laugh over his bed.
In the video, James Dempsey shows visible signs of distress, pressing the
call button for the nurses and even calling “help me” multiple
times. A nurse appears nearly 8 minutes after Dempsey pushed his button.
Then nurse seems to check some of the devices around Dempsey, lowers his
bed, and leaves him alone once more as he continues to gasp for breath.
Nearly an hour later, a nurse returns to the room where Dempsey then lies
Wanda Nuckles, the nursing supervisor on duty the night of Dempsey’s
death, appears in the room after having received a call from the nurse
attending Dempsey. The video shows Nuckles moving around the room, standing
by Dempsey’s bed and lifting his bed sheet. Neither nurse appears
to attempt CPR to save Dempsey. A few minutes later, a third nurse enters
the room, and at one point someone leans over the patient’s bed
and laughs. Nobody has yet performed CPR. Eventually, after spending several
minutes in the room with Dempsey, Nuckles attempts CPR with only 6 compressions,
then she stops.
After this video was discovered, the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation
attempted to have the footage sealed, but failed. The family of James
Dempsey has since sued the facility for their actions.
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