Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Woman ignored as she dies at Kings County Hospital

SHOCKING surveillance camera footage shows a woman collapsing and dying on a hospital emergency room floor and then lying for an hour while staff walk past.

The video has been released to the media as evidence by lawyers suing the hospital for neglect and the alleged abuse of mental health patients.

The lawsuit will also allege that staff have falsified medical charts to cover up their inaction because during a period that Green is seen thrashing on the floor, her medical chart claims she was "awake, up and about, went to the bathroom", New York's Daily News reports. 
The video shows 49-year-old  Esmin Green keeling forward in a psychiatric emergency room in Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, where she was admitted to treat agitation and psychosis on June 19.
Green is shown clutching at her stomach, thrashing on the floor before lying face-first on the tiled floor with her upper body lodged in the corner space between two sets of chairs.

Two other patients move around the room, security guards walk past and one even stares at Green for about 20 seconds but the woman is left prone until one of the patients gets help after about an hour has elapsed.

The two security guards shown in the video and four other hospital workers have been fired over the incident.

The hospital had a lawsuit filed against it last year alleging horrific neglect and abuse of mental patients.

There were claims patients who could not fight for themselves were left without care in unsanitary conditions, which prompted an investigation by New York City officials.

In reponse to the damning video and the other claims, the hospital says it is increasing staffing and bringing in new protocols, including that patients in the emergency room have to be checked every 15 minutes.


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