A lady who appeared to be wearing nothing at all but socks and a hospital gown was discharged from a Baltimore hospital on a cold winter night and left alone at a bus cease.
A passer-by filmed the woman late Tuesday evening and posted a number of videos on Facebook shortly right after midnight. In them, men and women in dark uniforms can be seen walking into the University of Maryland Healthcare Center’s Midtown Campus with an empty wheelchair, leaving the woman alone on the sidewalk.
The woman seems to have problems keeping her balance and communicating. She barely speaks for the duration of the videos, which total about 11 minutes. But she does scream, and her breath condenses in the cold air in front of her.
The man filming, Imamu Baraka, finds her belongings in plastic bags at the bus quit and encourages her to sit down.
“This is disgusting that they would just leave her unattended on a bus quit, half naked,” he stated in the video. “And it’s got to be at least 40 degrees, if not colder.”
Mr. Baraka, who did not instantly respond to requests for comment, stopped filming and called emergency responders. An ambulance ultimately arrived to take the woman back to the hospital.
“We share the shock and disappointment of a lot of who have viewed the video showing the discharge of a patient” from emergency care, a hospital spokeswoman stated in an emailed statement on Thursday. “This unfortunate occasion is not representative of our patient-centered mission. For this, we are genuinely sorry.”
She added that a review was underway to evaluate “the suitable response, which includes the possibility of personnel action.”
The hospital spokeswoman did not comment on what the lady had been treated for, citing patient privacy laws.
The practice of discharging sufferers who might not have a location to go is often referred to as “patient-dumping,” and it has occurred across the nation. The problem comes up frequently in California, which is residence to much more than one particular-quarter of the total homeless population in the United States.
Mr. Baraka, who stated in the video that he is a psychotherapist, mentioned the woman should not have been discharged in the 1st location.
“I am still looking at this, and I am truly wondering as to what’s going to come about here,” he added. “I’m disgusted by the lack of empathy that I’m seeing displayed.”
Published at Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:29:38 +0000