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Video Shows Woman Dying on Brooklyn Hospital Floor

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Video Shows Woman Dying on Brooklyn Hospital Floor
City hospital officials agreed in court Tuesday to implement reforms at a psychiatric ward where surveillance footage showed a woman falling from her chair, writhing on the floor and dying as workers failed to help for more than an hour. Esmin Green, 49, had been waiting in the emergency room for nearly 24 hours when she toppled from her seat at 5:32 a.m. on June 19, falling face down on the floor. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he was disgusted by the tape, and that the actions of the hospital staff were unacceptable.

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Actually, rac, I would rather have a non-profit, like the Cleveland Clinic control it. I have been there several times for multiple things and have never been dissatisfied with the level of care I've received.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Since I obviuosily have the inside track to heaven, I'll get ahold of him immediately. What's his name? ;)
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
This is truly a sad commentary on NYC and Health Care in larger cities. Here in 'Smallville' we just have a mean ER nurse who disrespects everyone. If you need to go into the hospital here, your Doctor can sign you in and you'll get very good care. But don't even consider coming to the ER or you'll get told you're okay (when you have a broken neck) and you should quit faking it. Or you'll be told you'll have to pay for the ambulance trip to a larger (read 'better') hospital because your insurance won't pay for it (she's going to be sure and fill out the paperwork to that effect). Or the radiologist will misread your ER xrays and tell you that you don't have any broken bones (when your arm is obviously broken, there's a bone sticking up, under your skin). If you do not have someone to go to the ER or the doctor or the hospital or the clinic, etc, with you, you are not going to have the advocate you need when you get there. What this woman failed to do was to have someone with her who could have done the shouting and screaming so that she could be seen before her tragic end. The U S Government has not proved it can handle operating the Post Office, why on earth would anyone want to give The Government control of our Hospitals and Health Care. It's NOT the Insurance Companies or the Drug Manufacturers who are increasing the cost of Health Care -- For one, it's the Government Rules and Regulations (which they'll probably fail to keep once they're in control). Secondly, it's people who use the ER instead of Dr. Cough Syrup and Dr. Fever Reducing Pill. It's people who don't pay their small co-pay. It's Illegal Aliens who run up bills and then disappear with the hospital having to write off thousands and tens of thousands of dollars. Don't you get it? An Aspirin costs $5 at a Hospital. Why??? because it's not just the attending physician who must be paid, it's the nurses, the clerical, the janitors, the power bill, the heating bill, the water bill, the telephone service, the upkeep of the equipment, etc, etc. EVERYthing in a hospital has a cost attached to it. Having the Government in charge of the expenses in a hospital would mean that once the Government Funding ran out for certain itmes, the hospital could no longer supply those items. As in, running the MRI and the CT Scanning machines. If the hospital in your town has no more money for the maintenance and upkeep and the staff for the machines, then you'll have to be on the waiting list for the MRI or the CT Scanner in another town. And you may die before you get that MRI or Scan because the list is sure to be long. THAT is why the USofA does NOT need Government controlled Universal Health Care. Just because it's "universal" does not mean it is available. Universal Health Care . . . it'll be the death of you. (Just ask a cousin of mine in England who died before he could get his MRI.)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Note to self- Don't get hurt in New York.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
lilkim I agree... if people think hosptials are understaffed now, just wait if we get a universal healthcare system in place... I remember this story when it happened and it is utterly disgusting that this woman experienced this lack of care and concern. I agree with silver there is so much wrong with this picture, so many things are broken.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
You would rather a corporation, whose only interest is denying you coverage so it can expand its profit, to have control? No thank you.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
It's interesting that this is the kind of care people (don't) receive in a government-run facility, but some people want to give the government more control over health care.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
What's really sad is that we're one of the wealthiest nations on Earth and this is the best we can do. Well, excuse me while I watch another expose on how our money is going to rebuild Iraq.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Between this article and the post about Meals on Wheels earlier, I'm really sad!
silversnowflake silversnowflake 9 years
I don't know what is worse; that so many people are only learning about this kind of stuff now, so many parts of healthcare are overlooked or just ignored, or things like this still have not changed at all. It isn't just the American public healthcare system that is broken. This country is broken in so many ways..., its just wrong. Utterly and completely wrong.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 9 years
It seems the security guard looked at her and then turned away. I don't care how understaffed hospitals are, just a little concern for humans can go a long way. Why couldn't he help her up, check on her? It's pretty sickening.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
This is nothing new and happens all over, especially in County Hospitals.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Having spent nine days in a Los Angeles county hospital once, I can say I'm not at all surprised by this. Underfunding, understaffing, and overworked and underpaid personnel in a hospital are just recipes for disaster. This is a sad testament to how broken the American public healthcare system is.
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