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Baltimore Hospital Staff Leave Gown-Wearing Patient In Freezing Cold Outdoors

Maryland University Baltimore Hospital Staff Leave Gown-Wearing Patient In Freezing Cold Outdoors
Melinda Barton | 12 January, 2018, 20:12

They also packed all her belongings in a bag and left it on the footpath.

Mr. Baraka, who said he was a psychotherapist and a student at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, noted it was 30 degrees when security left the woman outside.

Baraka said that he stopped videotaping at some point to call 911 and an ambulance crew came and took the woman back into the hospital.

Hospital spokeswoman Karen Warmkessel told Thursday that she believed the woman was no longer at the facility.

A review is now being conducted into the incident and disciplinary action could be taken against the employees involved.

Saying she didn't have any more information, Warmkessel said, "There's not a lot I can tell you".

Baraka is heard several times asking the woman if she needs help.

The young woman barely speaks and seems dazed, occasionally crying out.

Imamu Baraka captured the video of a woman found on the street outside of the University of Maryland Medical Center wearing only a thin hospital gown and socks. She is seen shivering, and screaming, as Baraka tries to calm her down.

The woman, wearing nothing but a hospital gown and some socks hunches over and screams repeatedly, as she walks in circles on the sidewalk away.

It was the latest incident of "patient dumping," which has sparked outrage around the country - and one that, according to an expert, probably violated a 1986 federal law that mandates hospitals release those in their care into a safe environment.

"So y'all are just going to leave this lady out here with no clothes on?" he said in the video.

He said the hospital must own what happened to this patient, but said they also must "learn from this failure" and ensure it does not happen again or be allowed to define them.

"Something was clearly going on", said Adrienne Breidenstine of Behavioral Health System Baltimore, which oversees substance use and mental health treatment in the city.

"Things are so broken here, so broken", said Bronwyn Mayden, a Baltimore native and executive director of Promise Heights, an initiative established by the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

The hospital has issued a statement and an apology, and said the incident is being investigated.

"Due to the circumstances of what it was", one of them said.

Many who watched the video wondered what happened to the patient after she was taken back to the hospital. "Are you okay? Do you need me to call the police?" " 'UMMC will be known for providing high value and compassionate care, improving health in Maryland and beyond, educating future health care leaders and discovering innovative ways to advance medicine worldwide.' You can do better".

Addressing the medical center directly, Baraka said, "You can do better".