Prison guards in Ohio are upset with a new provision in their state employment contract that requires them to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on inmates in the event of an emergency, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I will not do CPR on a inmate!!!!!!” said a message that one guard posted on a discussion forum on the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association’s Web site.
A spokesman for the 35,000-member union, said the state will be required to provide prison guards and other employees with safety equipment such as mouthpieces and gloves. “We don’t know whether an inmate has a communicable disease; thus our people are instructed to act like everyone has a communicable disease,” said union spokesman Peter Wray.