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Complaint seeks to preserve video, photos from nursing home where 8 died

Complaint seeks to preserve video, photos from nursing home where 8 died

For older people living on their own, such as 94-year-old Mary Dellaratta, getting help can depend on the attentiveness of neighbors, family and local authorities.

Meanwhile, detectives were combing through the Hollywood facility where eight elderly residents died amid sweltering heat.

As of Tuesday evening, 114 of Florida's nursing homes were relying on generators for power. The center said in a detailed timeline of events released Friday that it repeatedly was told by Florida Power and Light that it would fix the transformer, but the utility did not show up until Wednesday morning, hours after the first patients began having emergencies. They did call several times Florida Power & Light. "We're supposed to be on a priority list, and it doesn't come and it doesn't come and frankly it's very scary".

Sanchez, the police chief, said a criminal investigation had been launched.

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as young people.

"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.

Homebound seniors were also a concern.

Among the items the firm wants preserved: surveillance and cell phone video, documents or materials identifying all of the air conditioning equipment, policies and procedures related to identifying patient temperature and manuals that identify the criteria to transfer patients to a cooler area - whether in the facility or to another facility or hospital.

"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", Scott's statement said. They didn't leave then. "It's going to be tough to tell how much was the heat and how much of it was they were sick already", Mallak said.

RAW Hollywood Nursing Home Evacuated After Irma
RAW Hollywood Nursing Home Evacuated After Irma

They agree, all who provide safety for nursing home residents need to review plans and procedures - and make sure they are prepared for whatever might go wrong.

Retired nurse Flora Mitchell's 58-year-old sister Vanda Wilson has been as resident at Rehabilitation Center since suffering a stroke, which left her unable to speak or move, a decade ago.

Some 4.3 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighboring states, down from 7.4 million customers on Monday, according to Reuters. Utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

Five residents at a nursing home in the USA state of Florida have died after it was left without power for days following Hurricane Irma.

"The initial investigation has determined that the facility's air conditioning system was not fully functional". "Whoever was in charge, whoever was responsible, needs to be called onto the carpet for it". They found three people dead and evacuated 145 people to hospitals, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said. By the afternoon, five more had died.

"Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 (nursing) facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored", the statement said.

Asked to clarify, the Health Department spokeswoman who claimed there were 17 reports Thursday referred the NBC 6 Investigators, to the Agency for Healthcare Administration, which passed the buck to state emergency managers, who did not respond to questions about the possible discrepancy.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement he would "aggressively demand answers" on what he called an "unfathomable" situation.

State records revealed a variety of problems at the center.

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