Irma after-effects: 8 dead in Florida due to sweltering inside Nursing home

Frederick Owens
September 17, 2017

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", Bush said in a remark that quickly became a symbol of the botched federal response to a storm that killed more than 1,800 people.

"The investigation into this tragedy (at the Broward County facility) and the circumstances that may have contributed to it continues, and it would be inappropriate to comment on details until it concludes", the association said.

US President Donald Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Florida on Thursday where police are probing the deaths of eight patients inside a nursing home as Hurricane Irma left millions in the state without power.

"We are devastated by these losses".

"At this time we have other patients in critical care".

The police, hospital staffs, and workers then started evacuating around 100 residents present inside the Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills.

In the middle of the video, the camera moves into the hallway where a naked woman is hunched over on what appears to be a hospital bed. "And not knowing what had transpired, I just kept asking her, 'What are you calling (me) regarding?'" Jeffrey Nova said. She said she last heard from her sister two days earlier and learned the air conditioning was not working.

The deaths came as people trying to put their lives back together in hurricane-stricken Florida and beyond confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm's wake, including tree-clearing accidents and lethal fumes from generators.

Nursing Homes are required to have agreements in place for transportation of their residents and agreements with at least one other facility to receive patients during times of crisis.

A note attributed to administrator Carballo says "Florida Power and Light ticket #4301 need chiller turned on by FPL".

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Stepped-up safety checks around the state came after eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which shocked Florida's top leaders as they surveyed destruction from the punishing storm. Broward County said the home alerted officials Tuesday that it had lost power, but when asked if it had any medical needs or emergencies, it did not request help.

"There is no reason whatsoever those individuals should have been in a home that hot for that many days", Flores said. They don't sweat as much, they are more likely to have medical conditions that change how the body responds to heat, and they are more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

State records showed problems with fire and safety standards, as well as more serious issues with generator maintenance and testing, according to February 2016 reports by Florida Agency for Health Care Administration inspectors.

All patients who survived have been removed from the nursing home and taken to hospitals.

On Friday, parent company NextEra Energy referred CNN to a statement on its website, that says, in part: "Because of the current investigations associated with these tragic events involving the nursing home, we are limited in what we can say".

Detectives are looking into whether the nursing home broke any laws. Moulder's mother was released from the hospital to a new nursing home.

The causes of the deaths for the residents, who ranged in ages from 71 to 99, are under investigation to see whether any of them were heat-related, said Raelin Storey, director of public affairs for the City of Hollywood.

Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told that Rehabilitation Center present at Hollywood Hills has been sealed-off and police are carefully investigating the case. "Portable A/C units were being used in the facility, but the facility was excessively hot".

Nursing facilities determine their decisions to shelter in place or evacuate based upon the directives of the parish (mandatory, voluntary, etc.).

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