At the Ready

The alarming deaths of 8 patients at a Hollywood, Florida, nursing home were not indicative of most health care facilities’ level of preparedness when Hurricane Irma swept through last week.

NPR Shots found that most facilities were well prepared and stockpiled inventory ahead of the storm. Only 10 of over 300 hospitals in the state had to close, but most never lost power and almost all had functioning emergency rooms.

The deaths at the Hollywood home are being investigated as manslaughter cases in which staff failed to respond quickly.

Source: NPR Shots

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