8 dead at nursing home from Irma aftermath

Six Florida nursing home residents die in Hurricane Irma’s wake after air conditioning fails

Six Florida nursing home residents die in Hurricane Irma’s wake after air conditioning fails

"It's a sad event", Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez told a news conference.

A statement from the nursing home, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, confirmed that it had a "prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane". Police said they have sealed off the building and opened a criminal probe after the remaining nursing home patients were transferred to neighbouring hospitals. As a precaution, police also evacuated another 18 patients who were in an adjacent health facility, and are checking on the other 42 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Hollywood area.

Earlier this morning, Sanchez said Hollywood Police and Fire Rescue arrived at the facility after getting calls that patients were in "critical need of care".

The center had been without air conditioning, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told reporters on Wednesday.

The nursing home's administrator, Jorge Carballo, said in a statement Wednesday evening that it was "cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".

One would think that the bad photo of nursing-home residents in Houston, left to languish in waist-high water after Hurricane Harvey, would have made every facility in Florida cringe - and come up with a Plan A, B and C as Irma approached. "That's why we are camped out there and doing whatever we can to assist them in this process".

Meanwhile, in Central Florida, three people were found dead inside an Orlando home Tuesday from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said. "As of Tuesday, [the facility] was reporting that everything was OK, that they were using portable air conditioners and fans".

More than half of a large retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida, remains without power after Hurricane Irma, leaving senior citizens trapped in apartments without access to elevators. "I am also asking available first responders to immediately check in with the healthcare facilities in their area to make sure nursing homes and assisted living facilities are able to keep their residents safe", Scott added. There are 683 nursing homes in Florida with more than 84,000 beds, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates these facilities.

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Kitchen worker Jean Lindor told the newspaper a generator allowed staff to cook but did not provide the facility with air conditioning.

All of the center's patients and residents have been evacuated, the release said.

Dr Randy Katz, medical director of the emergency department at Memorial Regional Hospital, said the hospital began receiving patients early on Wednesday.

Another seven people died in Monroe County, which includes the Keys, officials said on Wednesday.

"We need to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep our seniors safe during this hard time", he said. As part of the licensure process, AHCA confirms that the facility's emergency plan has been submitted to local officials.

The nursing home has had a list of safety violations and citations, including two for not following generator regulations in 2014 and 2016.

In Broward County, more than 212,000 electricity accounts were without power Thursday morning, state officials said.

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