Five die in Florida nursing home after Irma knocked out power

  • Five die in Florida nursing home after Irma knocked out power

Five die in Florida nursing home after Irma knocked out power

"Once we determined we had multiple deaths... we made the decision to evacuate", said Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez.

Jorge Carballo, administrator of the home, said: "The Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Holls has evacuated this morning due to a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane".

In Hollywood, three patients were found dead at the nursing home early Wednesday after emergency workers received a call about a person with a heart attack, and five more died later, police said.

Police and fire crews began evacuating the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Wednesday morning.

Hollywood police conducted welfare checks on 42 other nursing homes and similar critical care facilities across the city throughout the day, said Raelin Storey, a spokeswoman for the city government. It also said the information on the power outage was relayed to FPL on Tuesday as "mission-critical".

"So I said, 'Look, honey, we are gonna leave because I don't want you talking, you've got to save your oxygen'".

Florida's governor called on first responders Wednesday to check health care facilities statewide after eight nursing home patients died in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Firefighters evacuated 115 people from the nursing home.

Florida seniors were ushered out of stifling assisted-living centers Thursday while caregivers fought a lack of air conditioning with Popsicles and cool compresses after eight people died at a nursing home in the post-hurricane heat.

Detailing the problems identified this week by the Agency for Health Care Administration, member station WLRN reports, "In its complaint, the healthcare agency said that on September 10 the rehab center 'became aware that its air conditioning equipment had ceased to operate effectively.'". A deputy at the checkpoint said they were trying to keep people safe.

The hurricane struck northern Caribbean islands last week, leaving at least 44 people dead, before it smashed into the USA mainland over the weekend, with at least 33 storm-related deaths reported.

Utility workers fix power lines in Marathon, Florida, after Hurricane Irma. "I have nothing", said Mercedes Lopez, 50, whose family fled north from the Keys town of Marathon on Friday and rode out the storm at an Orlando hotel, only to learn their home was destroyed, along with the gasoline station where Lopez worked.

Memorial Regional Hospital, a facility across from the nursing home, was identified as a top priority by the county and had power, Gould said. For example, the website said 25.9 percent of "short stay" residents were hospitalized again after admission to the nursing home, above the state average of 23 percent and the national average of 21.1 percent.

"Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 (nursing) facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored", the statement said.

With millions of people in Florida still lacking power, officials are urging those who need a break from the heat to visit cooling centers and drink water.

On Tuesday 6.8 million people remain without power in the steamy-late summer heat - about a third of Florida's population.

Family members are now hoping new regulations will be put in place, that will require nursing homes to have generators on hand at all times.

The nursing home did have a generator, but it is unclear if the generator was functional, WSVN reported.