Communication on Patients’ Health Needs

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How much information can health staff give jail administration concerning an inmate when he or she has been involved in an incident or altercation?

There is no problem with certain information on health matters being communicated between health staff and custody staff. In fact, standard A-08 Communication on Patients’ Health Needs requires that inmates’ significant health needs be considered in classification decisions in order to preserve the health and safety of that inmate, other inmates or staff. After an altercation, it is appropriate and expected that health staff prepare a summary of how the injury and subsequent treatment may affect work assignments, recreational programming, cell assignment and availability for follow-up appointments (as examples).
— From CorrectCare Volume 27, Issue 4, Fall 2013