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Investigation launched into deaths of Florida nursing home patients

17 September 2017

Several nursing homes have been evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, while utility workers raced to help facilities still lacking electricity.

The hospital has set up a hotline, 954-265-1074, so that families of nursing home residents can check on their loved ones.

"Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 (nursing) facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored", the statement said. "Outreach was also made to local emergency officials and first responders".

The governor's office denies being contacted by the nursing home, saying "at no time" did the facility report conditions had become unsafe. "We are devastated by these losses".

"We ought to go solve problems". And they started asking for the help - Florida Power & Light, which is Florida's energy company.

Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association. Scott said the state has had multiple points of contact with the facility before the Wednesday's deaths.

As crews labored to fix the lone highway connecting the Keys, residents of some of the islands closest to Florida's mainland were allowed to return and get their first look at the devastation two days after Irma roared in with 130 miles per hour (209 kph) winds. Eli Pina's 96-year-old mother lives in the facility. "This is unacceptable. You mess with my mom, you mess with my mom, I'm not taking it". "We cared for them like family".

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

Carballo said staff put out fans and cooling units after the air conditioning system was disabled.

Trump, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday after touring damage from Hurricane Irma on Florida's west coast, said "we've had bigger storms than this" when asked about climate change.

The first rescue crews responded to a call from the facility around 3 a.m. Wednesday, for a patient in cardiac arrest.

"The people who were working there worked hard to make a good outcome for our patients", she said. It was the first of three such calls, she said.

Police Chief Tomas Sanchez described the second floor "as excessively hot".

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

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"We're looking into the temperatures inside the facility, the staffing inside the facility and the conditions leading up to these incidents", said Storey who also confirmed that police had received a warrant to search inside the facility.

Most of the deceased were treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues. Randy Katz, medical director of Memorial Regional's emergency department.

"She hadn't really died, but she was gone", said Johnson, who later got the call that her friend had passed away. "It fit the things she needed".

Scott announced Thursday the Center will no longer receive state Medicaid funds.

Scott said in a statement earlier this week that he was "heartbroken" to learn of the deaths and planned to "aggressively demand answers". "If they find that this facility was not meeting the state's high standards of care, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law". In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies. "There are not as many beds and facilities available as there are people with needs".

Stepped-up safety checks were conducted around the state after eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which shocked Florida's top leaders as they surveyed destruction from the punishing storm. One of them was later evacuated because of the heat.

Firefighters have evacuated 115 people from the nursing home. Police used city trolleys to transport residents of Krystal Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to another facility, a spokesman said.

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Investigation launched into deaths of Florida nursing home patients