Fire the staff involved in the discharging of the mentally ill patient at UMMC
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On January 9, 2018, a series of videos were released to Facebook which showed an unnamed patient being wheeled out of the University of Maryland Medical Center (Midtown Campus) by medical staff despite the patient being half naked, mentally ill, clearly in distress, unable to speak, and discernibly in a state where she was not ready to be discharged from the hospital. The staff dumped the patient out of the wheelchair and onto a bench, and left her there alone with bags containing her clothing and belongings. This was all occurring in 30 degree weather. Imamu Baraka, the man who recorded the videos and who also happens to be a psychotherapist, helped the woman and called her an ambulance. However, the ambulance only returned her to the same hospital that ejected her, and the paramedics apparently told Imamu that such occurrences are common at UMMC when patients are deemed "unruly" by the hospital. As a hospital, UMMC should be capable of restraining and dealing with mentally ill patients. As a hospital, the response to an "unruly" patient should have been to send them to a psych ward or a mental hospital, not to dump them out in the middle of the street in the cold with nowhere to go, where they could have easily died. The hospital staff and doctors involved in the decision and carrying out of the incident have no regard for human life and should not be trusted with the lives and well-beings of others. UMMC must fire those involved and make sure their staff are properly trained to handle mentally ill patients in distress. Additonally, the hospital must make a rule that no patient will ever be allowed to be thrown out of the hospital.
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