St. Pete Nursing Home Fined By State

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) – A St. Petersburg nursing home has been fined by state regulators after workers there performed CPR and used a defibrillator on a 75-year-old man who had a “do not resuscitate” order on file.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday that Jacaranda Manor was fined $16,000.

Under state law, nursing homes must honor residents’ end-of-life directives.

The incident happened in February after the man stopped breathing in the dining hall and was revived. A licensed practical nurse who helped perform CPR on him told her supervisor she discovered the 2010 order, which was signed by a legal guardian and physician, after paramedics took the man to the hospital.

State records show that as a result of the investigation, the St. Petersburg facility has retrained its staff.