Heat blamed for nursing home deaths
28 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Three residents of nursing home 'De Geinsche Hof' in Nieuwegein, near Utrecht, died last weekend as a result of the unusually warm temperatures.
28 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — Three residents of nursing home 'De Geinsche Hof' in Nieuwegein, near Utrecht, died last weekend as a result of the unusually warm temperatures.
Last week four of the home's residents developed high fevers and there was fifth case by Saturday. Three of them died a short time later.
"No infections were found. Therefore we believe that this had to do with the heat," a spokesperson for Stichting Zorgspectrum, which runs the home, said on Friday.
The building has a flat roof and the rooms can get very warm in the summer. "But nursing homes really don't have a budget for air conditioning," she said. The building is scheduled for a major renovation during the course of 2007 and something will be done then about the interior climate.
The three seniors who died where in the 'Ram' wing with 30 others who have physical ailments. Most of the residents are advanced in years.
Most of Continental Europe has experienced daytime temperatures of plus 30 degrees in the last few weeks, and the nights have also been very warm.
Although the heat is expected to ease off in coming days, 64 heat-related deaths have been reported in France, testing the sweeps health reforms introduced after 15,000 people died in the heatwave of 2003.
Over 100 people are reported to have died this month in California as a result of a two-week heatwave there.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news