Baltimore Hospital Probes Release of Thinly Clad Patient in Cold

The woman appears disoriented and does not speak, waving her hands and screaming when asked if she needs help.

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(Reuters) — A Baltimore hospital has opened an investigation into why a patient was discharged on a freezing night this week and left outside wearing only a thin medical gown, after a video of the incident posted on Facebook attracted wide attention.

The video taken by a bystander shows what appear to be security guards, one with a wheelchair, walking away from a woman at a bus stop outside the University of Maryland Medical Center midtown hospital on Tuesday.

The woman is dressed in a gown and socks with a hospital mask around her neck, and her belongings are packed in bags placed at the bus stop. The woman appears disoriented and does not speak, waving her hands and screaming when asked if she needs help.

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The bystander called an ambulance, which picked up the woman.

“We share the shock and disappointment of many who have viewed the video showing the discharge of a patient from the Emergency Department,” the hospital said in a statement on Wednesday. “We are taking this matter very seriously, conducting a thorough review, and are evaluating the appropriate response, including the possibility of personnel action.”

The hospital did not identify the woman, give her condition or say why she had been released.

The National Weather Service said the overnight temperature in Baltimore on Tuesday fell to the 20s Fahrenheit (minus 1 to minus 6 Celsius).

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  • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

    That woman was not “discharged”: she was DISCARDED, kicked to the curb to keep somebody’s profits up or losses down.

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    • Agreed. In Dallas, we have had a couple of cases of patients “discharged” from hospitals wearing only hospital gowns; you know, those bizarre garments incapable of preserving anyone’s modesty even within the hospital, much less while out in the elements? The Dallas cases weren’t during freezing weather — thank God! — but were otherwise equally unconscionable.

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    • Lauri Sue Robertson

      You’re probably right, Mike. All the hospitals we dealt with when my parents were dying were quick to discharge patients on Friday afternoons, even though they didn’t necessarily have anyplace to go.

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  • So when they hire these guards, does the interviewer strive to find out how inhuman they can be? Because what these guards did was surely heinous. Suppose it was their sister,mother,grandma,ect. Sociopaths. And the sad thing is that this actually has a name-“patient dumping”, and has happened, as Grannybunny noted, in various other location across the country.

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  • Ya got caught!

    Video of a patient literally falling over dead after hours and hours in the emergency room. The security guard? He pushes himself backward in his swivel chair to take a look, then scoots back, unconcerned.

    Woman screaming she couldn’t breathe was manhandled by our “finest” (the cops), shoved into the back of a squad car, only to fall out dead when they arrive at the station.

    What were they going to charge her with? Inability to breathe in an emergency room?

    We’re getting meaner and meaner. Only in extremely poor countries are human lives so cheap.

    America will get the country it deserves. The young apparently plan on dying early or staying young.

    Karma will be a bitch.

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