Correctional Health

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Six Inmates have committed suicide in the past five years at the 680 bed Erie County Holding Facility. An average NY city jail houses about 14000 inmates. With improving in prevention techniques, inmates remain twice as likely as those at lager jails to die by their own hand. The justice department’s civil rights division issued reports on six jails nationwide last year for providing standard correctional care. Four were smaller jails, housing 1500 inmates or fewer, the Erie County Holding Facility among them. New inmates arrive without medical records and lack of medication lists, which are taking upon their arrival. A quarter of deaths happened within 48hours of admission between 2000 and 2002. The most of suicide reported in the first week of custody. The correctional health experts blamed the suicides for an inadequate intake screening. The national commission on correctional health care found that there was no documentation providing that the correctional office performing correctional health care providers trained properly for medical records. They collected medical information, but often failed to record it properly on time; “The receiving screening information is not filled in the health care record in almost forty percent of the patient records reviewed,” the commissioner reported. The national correctional health report found “the facility does not have a chronic care program; treatment plans are not developed ever for inmates with illness; and progress notes are often not entered in the medical record.” Jails are not belong to the local health care safety net in New York city, Jail system includes in the Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) administered by the Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH)’s Divisio...

... middle of paper ... giver caring for the inmate. Caregivers can have immediate access to information, without transferring charts to several locations and risking losing orders. Another optional recommendation from the NCCHC is to place an inmate’s problem list at the beginning of his chart. Medical records must be maintained under secure conditions and kept separate from inmates’ correctional records. The management of health records and summaries may accompany inmates when they transfer to other correctional facilities. Record retention must be followed according to the jurisdiction’s legal requirements, and reactivated records must be provided in a timely manner when a health care provider requests them.

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