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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The death toll left behind by Hurricane Irma continued to rise Wednesday, as five people died at a South Florida nursing home that apparently was without air conditioning, according to local officials.

Three people died at the facility in Hollywood, Fla., and two others were pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, Barbara Sharief, the Broward County mayor, said at a news briefing Wednesday morning. The facility was being evacuated, but it was unclear when the order to clear the site was put in effect.

Sharief said it was not immediately clear what caused the deaths at the nursing home, which is believed to have lost air conditioning after the storm. Authorities said other people at the facility were being evacuated to other locations.

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Millions of people across Florida have lost power since Irma began lashing the state, and utilities have warned that some of the outages could extend for days or even weeks.

This has cut off air conditioning for scores of Floridians, and it poses an acute danger for the particularly young or old in a state known for its sweltering temperatures.

Florida's heat adds a perilous element to the ongoing outages. In Hollywood, where the nursing home is located, temperatures are expected to reach the 90s this week.

The storm has presented risks and challenges for the elderly population in Florida, where about one in 5 residents are age 65 or older.

The Associated Press reported that before the deaths at the Hollywood nursing home, Irma was blamed for a combined 19 fatalities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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The problem with AC is that when buildings are built nowadays there are very limited windows that will open because windows are the least energy efficient part of any building. Six inch walls are much more energy efficient and in an effort to reduce energy usage cooling/heating buildings they are maximized. When the power goes out, now you are stuck in an airtight box with very limited ways to let the heat out.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-09-13 11:41 AM | Reply

What was the staff at the nursing home doing? The hospital is just across the court yard from the nursing home. This is criminal, and people need to go to jail.

#2 | Posted by patron at 2017-09-13 01:09 PM | Reply

No air conditioning? Why didn't they open the doors and windows? There was a strong breeze.

#3 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-09-13 01:51 PM | Reply

Patron, they are required to have emergency preparedness plans including evacuation plans. The plans require stipulate that the generator has to be for either sheltering in place or a full facility generator. The article did not say why the 5 residents died but speculated it could have been due to heat since it lost electricity. The federal regulations also require at least a 3 day supply of fuel for the generator.

#4 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-09-13 01:56 PM | Reply

My guess is that there was no money in their operating budget to buy the a) generator and b) fuel. Got to maximize profits somehow.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-09-13 03:19 PM | Reply

My oh my it gets better...

"The nursing home, which is located directly across from Memorial REgional Hospital, has been the subject of numerous safety complaints in regard to its generators, and its owner has a history of fraud.

According to records first obtained by STAT News, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has been cited two times for violating federal requirements regarding backup generators in case of an outage.

In February 2016, a federal inspector visited the senior facility unannounced to perform a Life Safety Recertification survey. One of the more notable code violations was a deficiency with the backup generator. The inspector wrote that the facility had "failed to maintain the emergency generator to manufacture and code requirements" in the report."

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So why wasn't this place shut down? Why were they given a $5,000,000 grant by Miami Dade?

www.sun-sentinel.com

"Regulators do not require nursing homes like Hollywood Hills to have generators, said Kristen Knapp, spokeswoman for the Florida Health Care Association, the industry group for the state's nursing home industry. What they must have is "alternate forms of power," Knapp said. That could include battery- operated fans, she said.
The facility has a back up generator, but it does not power the air conditioning, administrator Jorge Carballo said through a representative Wednesday morning. The building uses two transformers -- one for the building and one for the air conditioning. The transformer for the building came back on after the storm. The one to power the air conditioning was damaged and not working as of Wednesday morning. "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were affected," Carballo said."

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2017-09-13 03:29 PM | Reply


Death toll is six now.

Six Dead at Hollywood, Florida, Nursing Home After Irma Cut Power, Mayor Says
www.nbcnews.com

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-09-13 04:24 PM | Reply

"My guess is that there was no money in their operating budget to buy the a) generator and b) fuel. Got to maximize profits somehow." - 726

No. The article is WRONG about a generator not being required. It's required by federal regulation and it's looked at every year when the Life Safety Code inspection is done.

I have been doing federal nursing home inspections for over 18 years. I don't conduct the life safety code part of the inspection but I'm there when it is being done.

"The facility has a back up generator, but it does not power the air conditioning"

That part is TRUE. They are NOT required to have a generator that powers the entire facility. It will be for emergency stand by.


#8 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-09-13 04:53 PM | Reply

The inspector wrote that the facility had "failed to maintain the emergency generator to manufacture and code requirements" in the report."

So why wasn't this place shut down? - 726

We write deficiencies almost EVERY time we walk into a nursing home facility. Since everybody has due process, they are allowed time develop and submit a plan of correction. A follow up inspection is done within 60 days to determine compliance.

I want you to imagine something....What if restaurants were force to close anytime a violation was found by regulators. There would be none open.

I'm sure some DR idiot will take my statements as a defense of the nursing home.

There definitely was some sort of failure by the facility in implementing their evacuation plan.

#9 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-09-13 05:01 PM | Reply


Death toll is eight now.

Eight Dead at Hollywood, Florida, Nursing Home After Irma Cut Power
www.nbcnews.com

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-09-13 06:10 PM | Reply

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