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Hurricane Irma nursing home deaths shows stark dilemma of whether to stay put or evacuate

  • Written by Joseph Ibrahim, Professor, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University

The death of Florida nursing home residents whose air-conditioning failed last week during Hurricane Irma highlights the tragic consequences of some of our most vulnerable citizens during a natural disaster.

So, it’s easy to assume evacuating nursing home residents in such situations is the safest option.

But our review shows evacuation can...

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