Complaint filed in Hollywood nursing home deaths

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Harvey and Irma have underscored the importance of protecting people who live in nursing facilities.

Florida emergency workers have been urged to immediately check the welfare of those in nursing homes after eight people died in a scorching facility that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma.

Police in Hollywood, Florida, are investigating the deaths of eight nursing home patients after Hurricane Irma damaged the facility's air conditioning system, subjecting its residents to the sweltering September heat.

"This situation is unfathomable", he said.

Irma, which slammed into Florida over the weekend, was one of the most powerful storms to ever crawl out of the Atlantic.

The five women and three men ranged in age from the 70s to 99.

The Hollywood Police Department has launched a criminal investigation into Wednesday's deaths, and state health agencies have also started probes.

Frum called her facility, Memorial Regional Hospital, to issue a mass casualty alert.

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"It's a sad state of affairs", the police chief said.

"At this point we're better off taking care of them where they are". North Carolina reported its first Irma-related death on Friday after a man died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and two more people died in Florida from the risky fumes, including a woman in Palm Beach County. They found three people dead and evacuated 145 people to hospitals, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said.

Mr. Sanchez told that the unfortunate deaths might have occurred due to the loss of power in the storm and their officers are also checking other 42 assisted living facilities and nursing home running throughout the city. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October.

An AHCA official at the state's emergency management center expressed concern Thursday to colleagues and nursing home industry representatives that some facilities have not been reporting their status to the Health STAT system twice a day, as required by the state during the disaster - suggesting power outages may be to blame.

"CBS This Morning" called the nursing home multiple times for comment but got no answer.

Brian Lee, who served as the state's nursing-home ombudsman for eight years, questioned why Scott did not revoke the Broward facility's license. But the most recent state inspection reports showed no deficiencies in the area of emergency plans.

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as young people. And he thanked the American people for their prayers, Floridians for their "great spirit", first responders, the military and "Florida officials up and down the state".

Many who work in nursing homes are dedicated, skilled professionals.

Eight dead in Florida nursing home following Hurricane Irma
Police were first called to the facility at about 4:30 a.m. but authorities did not arrive until after 6 a.m., officials said. "Was not interested to get there", she said, blaming Florida Power and Light, not the nursing home staff, for the deaths.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat was down to 6.8 million.

And Carballo did not respond to a text sent to a contact cellphone number he had on file with the state.

And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, more than half the residential buildings had no power Wednesday afternoon. "That's why we are camped out there and doing whatever we can to assist them in this process". Bill Nelson made no effort to hide their anger and frustration that something like this could happen.

It barreled into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour) before plowing up the Gulf Coast of the state and dissipating.

Trump will visit Fort Myers in southwest Florida, an area hard hit by the storm, for a briefing on Hurricane Irma. Several other nursing homes have been evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, while utility workers raced to help facilities still without electricity.

Even on normal days many people in nursing homes face grave risks.

"She said, 'It's very hot in here, ' and the staff said, 'Yes, it is, '" Dean said.

Flora Mitchell arrived at the home trying to learn the fate of her 58-year-old sister, a stroke patient. Both of her parents are still being treated after the ordeal, but she said she does not know which facility she will place them in when they are discharged soon.

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