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Old 11-29-2009, 09:17 AM
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Default CA: Inspections of prison medical facilities reveal low adherence to key policies

Inspections of prison medical facilities reveal low adherence to key policies

Nov. 23, 2009 | Julie Small | KPCC

The state Inspector General’s Office will soon issue a report on the quality of prison medical care in California. It’ll include a summary of inspections at 11 state prisons. The report will help a federal judge determine when to return control of prison medical care to the state. KPCC’s Julie Small has looked over some of the preliminary scores.

A federal judge took over California prison medical care nearly five years ago in a case called Plata v. Schwarzenegger. The court determined an inmate a week died because the care was so poor.

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It will be interested to see the final analysis. I predict based on the past few years that the Federal Receivership will continue for another 5 years to monitor compliance. They will be flattered for doing well in some areas, and held to task for most of what they still do not do.
The physician salaries is fuel for fire for me! If you saw the salaries and the math mandating the number of hours to work for that money and compare it to reality, it is staggering to say the least. The bigger issue is poorly credentialed and impaired physicians, inappropriate staff in place for the situations at hand. For example having LPN and Med-tech on duty with out a RN or Physician in sight. Neither person is educated, licensed or scoped to access a patient's situation. Neither one has adequate pharmacology to know what meds mix with what, and neither person is licensed to be the decision maker. These positions filled with a warm body to do the bare minimum with nothing has cost many inmates their life and or limbs. Properly credentialed people need to be in place.
Basic training in CPR is lacking, use of external defibrillators is not permitted. This situation is a MESS of catastrophic proportions. They can't even save each other. Sadly more than one doctor has gone down in cardiac arrest on the job. If this were to happen to a doctor or a guard, they too will die. Why? Lack of equipment, lack of people trained in live saving care, loaded in paperwork that will bury an ambulance!!!

It is pathetic and now that this is publicly known, it is my hope that the federal receivership will stay on board for compliance. They have hired many new RNs and hopefully this will be the beginning of sound medicine and accountability.
I am not against LPNs or Med Techs, however, they need to be positioned in facilities where they can be successful in their careers and not risk being sued for what they lack. They should be positioned for career growth, not a threat of a law suit.
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