Health Care for Prisoners
Health Care for Prisoners Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Prison inmates are vulnerable to infectious diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis C, and other health problems. More than 70 percent of the approximately 700,000 people released from U.S. Federal and State prisons each year have chronic medical, substance abuse, and other mental health problems. The need for treatment often competes with other important issues, such as finding housing, obtaining employment, and reuniting with their families. In addition, few programs are available to help recently released prisoners access medical and social services.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that provide medical and/or social services for prisoners or ex-prisoners with infectious or chronic diseases.
The featured QualityTools describe three tools health care professionals can use to treat offenders with chronic diseases.
- Hospital Successfully Links Recently Released, HIV-Positive Prisoners to Medical, Mental Health, and Social Services, Reducing Recidivism
- Specialists Train and Support Rural and Prison-Based Primary Care Clinicians, Enhancing Access to Hepatitis C Care
- Community-Based Clinic Enhances Access to Medical Care and Reduces Emergency Department Visits for Chronically Ill Recently Released Prisoners
Also in This Issue:
- Standardized Shift-Change Process Optimizes Time for Transfer of Patient Care Responsibility, Leads to High Levels of Nurse and Patient Satisfaction
- Pediatric Skin Care Program Focuses on Proactively Identifying and Providing Preventive Therapy to At-Risk Intensive Care Unit Patients, Leading to Significant Reductions in Pressure Ulcers
- Day Hospital Reduces Inpatient Length of Stay and Emergency Department Visits for Patients With Sickle Cell Anemia
- Hospital Volunteers Engage Dementia/Delirium Patients, Leading to Fewer Falls and Improvements in Emotional Well-Being
- Program Modeled on Emergency Preparedness Plan Features In-Unit Vaccinations and Morning "Lockdown," Increasing Employee Influenza Immunization Rates