Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Hospital CEO apologizes for discharge of patient in gown

Hospital CEO apologizes for discharge of patient in gown

In May 2017, two Howard University police officers and their supervisor were fired in May after being recorded dumping a patient from a wheelchair outside the university's hospital in Washington, according to reports in The Washington Post.

A Baltimore hospital is investigating how a disorientated woman who was filmed outside its facility wearing only a hospital gown and socks in freezing temperatures was discharged from the hospital. She appears scared as she staggers and softly mutters. "I am sure it happens more than we know". "You can do better".

A regard of the woman shows her not wearing any shoes, only purple socks, and her loosely tied hospital gown appears to be falling off.

"That is not okay", he shouted. A guard turns around and offers a vague explanation: "Due to the circumstances of what it was". "Do you need me to call the police?"

It wasn't immediately clear what happened to the woman after she was driven back toward the hospital.

The hospital used Facebook to issue a statement Wednesday.

In a news conference Thursday, the center's CEO apologized to the patient and her family, and said that the incident was a "breakdown of basic human compassion". He said it represented a wrenching departure for a widely respected medical institution - one that has embarked on a major expansion in Prince George's County and Southern Maryland.

The hospital confirmed in a statement that the woman was discharged on Tuesday night.

He confronted the hospital staff, asking why they were leaving the clearly disoriented woman out in the cold without anyone to help her.

"At first I was shocked".

It is unclear how much hospital dumping happens in Baltimore because incidences are not tracked.

In his Facebook post, Baraka admonishes the hospital for how the woman was treated.

The suit, filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court, alleged that Donald Paul Ryberg came to Inova just after noon on January 29, 2015, a day when temperatures barely edged above freezing. The ambulance then returns her to the medical center's emergency room.

The complaint alleges that Ryberg was so weak that he couldn't stand or walk.

"She said her daughter had been missing", he said.

An Inova spokesman declined to comment. He said he heard her say "thank you", as she was lead away.

"My dad has just lost everything", she said. They didn't contact us. Bags of clothes and belongings are seen on the ground at the bus stop. But the discharge policies can differ by hospital and the practice of hospital dumping persists. Hospitals must transfer patients they can't stabilize.

A viral video that has many outraged was shot right here in Baltimore.

"This woman was placed in the city of Baltimore, in the dead of night, in the cold, vulnerable, exposed", he told CBS affiliate WJZ-TV.

The video's release was just the latest in a string of painful moments for Baltimore, still reeling from the 2015 death of Freddie Gray and the riots that followed. It is not known why the Maryland Medical Center staff discharged the woman in question under such conditions, but an investigation is under way. "Can it get any worse, y'all?" "It's like dominoes - one just knocks down the other".

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