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Hospital under fire after patient dumped outside in cold

12 January 2018, 08:12 | Opal Carroll

University of Maryland Medical Center officials respond after a woman is discharged wearing only a hospital gown

Baltimore Hospital Employees Filmed As They Were “Patient Dumping”

She was wearing only socks and a hospital gown in the chilly January weather, her belongings packed up in a pair of plastic bags left at her feet.

The University of Maryland Medical System says it is investigating after video of a patient outside the hospital's Midtown campus wearing only a hospital gown and socks went viral.

Mohan Suntha insisted the woman received appropriate care in the hospital, but said, "where we absolutely failed, and where we own that failure, is in the demonstration of basic humanity and compassion" in the way she was discharged.

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

He muses that the hospital staff should have perhaps committed her "until they are clear about what's happening".

The unidentified woman appeared to be unable to speak in the video that drew national and worldwide attention. She is seen shivering, and screaming, as Baraka tries to calm her down. She was taken back to the hospital, he told HLN.

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.

'Ya'll are okay with leaving that woman out there like that?' Baraka can be heard asking as they walk away. 'Ya'll are just going to leave this lady out here with no clothes on?'

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The incident happened on Tuesday night.

"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. One of the men later says, "Due to the circumstances of what happened".

"We are working with many hospitals regularly, including the University of Maryland, and those collaborations have resulted in dramatically improved care for with vulnerable people", he said.

He said he remains concerned for the woman and has sought out her mother and also spoken with the hospital CEO since then about the steps they promised to take in light of what happened.

A Baltimore hospital launched an investigation Wednesday after a shocking video showed a woman being left by the hospital staff on the road during soaring temperatures. "And then I became angry", he recalled. "You can do better".

Addressing the medical center directly, Baraka said, "You can do better. This unfortunate event is not representative of our patient-centered mission".

Of those who brought her outdoors, he said: "I asked them three times, I asked them specifically, 'Are you going to leave this lady out here like this?' They kept walking".

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