Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Florida nursing home called governor's personal cellphone for help

Florida nursing home called governor's personal cellphone for help

Nevertheless, millions of residents in Florida remained without power on Friday, a risky scenario amid high temperatures in the state. Others were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related problems. The chief said authorities have not ruled anything out in the deaths, including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators. Eight people died at a nursing home when the hurricane knocked out power and the facility lost air conditioning.

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

Facing a situation that was out of control, doctors and fire officials ultimately made a decision to transfer all the patients to the hospital, where dozens were treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat exhaustion, officials said. "When we approach her she wasn't really crying but tears were kind of coming, she says 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe Jean, '" Johnson said. At least six people in Florida died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from generators, and a Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees recoiled and cut his carotid artery.

A spokesman for the nursing home told CNN that officials had not seen the video, and if they had they would be precluded by law from commenting on it. Instead of caving to lobbyists and dismantling critical regulations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should improve enforcement so that no more people in nursing homes end up dying for no good reason.

In Fort Myers, Trump thanked federal disaster relief officials, who have contended with a pair of massive storms in Florida and Texas that have left thousands of Americans displaced.

The facility has had a spotty inspection record, earning a "below average" grade Medicare's nursing home rating system.

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

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.

"These people are basically prisoners in their own homes", said Pembroke Pines City Manager Charlie Dodge.

"At this point we're better off taking care of them where they are". Bill Nelson made no effort to hide their anger and frustration that something like this could happen.

"We need to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep our seniors safe during this hard time", he said.

Miami-Dade and Broward counties had hoped to resume operations Monday. But the extent of the damage has been an unanswered question for days because some places have been unreachable.

"The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills expresses its deepest sympathy to the family members of the residents who passed away following a prolonged outage of our air conditioning system due to Hurricane Irma", the nursing home said this week.

Scott said in a statement earlier this week that he was "heartbroken" to learn of the deaths and planned to "aggressively demand answers".

By Monday, eight portable air coolers and fans were placed around the facility, operating on the standard 110 voltage that was apparently not affected when a larger voltage transformer serving the air conditioning chiller failed Sunday.

Forty-five-year-old Lori Eickleberry took her 10-year-old daughter to her office. She said she last heard from her sister two days earlier and learned the air conditioning was not working. She finally found her mother, with doctors from Memorial already applying ice and giving her intravenous fluids.

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