Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Florida governor issues new nursing home rules after post-hurricane deaths

Florida governor issues new nursing home rules after post-hurricane deaths

But it was not until multiple patients began experiencing health emergencies, which led to the evacuation of the centre, that the utility company arrived to make the fix, the nursing home said.

Three others were pronounced dead later that day, officials said.

Local officials have launched a criminal investigation into the deaths, and state agencies are also investigating the situation.

This video shows the night before when an anonymous person filmed married couple Gabriel and Libia Giraldo, both 89, sweltering in their room.

Hurricane Irma marked the first time one storm affected Florida Power and Light's entire service area, FPL spokesman Bill Orlove said.

Scott's administration shut down admissions to the Broward County facility on Wednesday, after the seniors died and the remaining residents were evacuated. Moulder's mother was released from the hospital to a new nursing home.

Nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said this week the center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with the utility for status updates on when repairs to the transformer would be made. In a statement last week, the nursing home said it was "devastated by these losses" and expressed "its deepest sympathy to the family members".

There is also a spot cooler, one of eight the state says was brought into the building as temperatures soared.

More calls to the governor's cell phone were made, according to the nursing home.

Around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, a patient was transported to a hospital just yards from the facility after workers at the nursing home called 911. "It is 100 percent the responsibility of health care professionals to preserve life by acting in the best interest of the health and well-being of their patients".

The new measures mandate that nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have supplies and power to sustain operations for at least 96 hours after a power outage.

Nursing home owner Jack Michel never replaced the system, Bichachi said.

The nursing home has a history of safety violations and citations, including two for not following generator regulations in 2014 and 2016. Levin and Perconti Founding Partner Steven Levin is an expert in the elder law industry and has spoken to fellow attorneys, the elderly and their families across the country about nursing home abuse and neglect.


Federal law now requires that nursing homes be kept between 71 and 81 degrees and have a backup power source in case of emergency.

Rosemary Cooper, a licensed practical nurse at the rehabilitation center, defended the staff's work but declined to discuss specifics.

By then, the main air conditioning system had been down for 53 hours, and within four hours the first of eight residents had died.

"The people who were working there worked hard to make a good outcome for our patients", she said in a brief interview before hanging up on a reporter. A friend in Summerland Key, however, lost his home and another in Cudjoe Key doesn't know what his house will look like when he returns, O'Hara said.

"For those re-entering, know that medical services, food, water, and electricity are extremely limited so returning residents".

Gov. Scott subsequently directed state authorities to prevent the center from admitting new patients and to terminate its participation in Florida's Medicaid program.

Gov. Rick Scott called the incident "unfathomable" and pledged to hold whoever was responsible for the deaths accountable "to the fullest extent of the law". "So I hope he runs for the Senate", Trump said. However, they control most aspects of life for people inside, which can be a real danger when government oversight is inadequate (as it usually is).

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

"I think this is a bold move by the governor", Dr. Marcozzi said.

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

Without central air conditioning, residents were kept in hallways near the cooling units.

"She says, 'Jean, I can't breathe".

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