Dead After Irma Knocks Out Air Conditioning at Florida Nursing Home

Dead After Irma Knocks Out Air Conditioning at Florida Nursing Home

Dead After Irma Knocks Out Air Conditioning at Florida Nursing Home

Thousands of anxious residents who evacuated have been pressing to be allowed to return home.

Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida over the weekend.

"It's a sad state of affairs", said Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez, who said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center were heat-related and said the building has been sealed off and a criminal investigation underway. There was no air conditioning. Utility companies are working to restore power to the battered Florida Keys.

About 1.1 million utility customers still were without power Saturday morning statewide, officials said.

The facility's administrator, Jorge Carballo, said in a statement that it was cooperating fully with authorities.

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

Tuesday, however, saw no change. "But it was always a challenge to get them to give me any input when there was things that came up with her care". They unfortunately did not answer them after several calls. Nursing home officials again complained they were in need of help from FPL.

By then, the main air conditioning system had been down for 53 hours, and within four hours the first of eight residents had died. Several phone calls went to them, and they were all ignored.

Rubio, a Republican, tweeted that he is asking the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to review whether The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills "was in violation of any federal regulations".

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting for full power Thursday, according to the Florida Health Care Association. "It is 100 percent the responsibility of healthcare professionals to preserve life by acting in the best interest of the health and well-being of their patients".

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However, according to officials with Memorial Regional Hospital, some of the residents that were transferred there suffered respiratory distress, dehydration and other issues stemming from the heat.

Robbins' statement goes on: "In March, we met with Broward county officials to identify top critical facilities that require priority power restoration".

By Thursday, 70 patients have been discharged from the hospital.

Hurricane Irma's furious march through Florida not only darkened millions of homes, it also flooded roads, piling them with debris and blocking off access to neighborhoods. After the second call, fire officials called the state Department of Children and Families to report concerns about the facility.

Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez declined to share with reporters further details about the generator but noted "it was extremely hot on the second floor of the facility".

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The hurricane reportedly killed more than 55 people in total. They are also more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

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