Health Training for Correctional Officers - National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Health Training for Correctional Officers

The answer to your question is “at least every two years,” as stated in the compliance indicators for Standard C-04. The standards and compliance indica­tors are measurable items that are scored during accredita­tion surveys, while items in the discussion section are not scored but are intended to help clarify the standard’s intent. Thank you for pointing out this discrepancy; we will be sure to amend it during our next standards update.

— From CorrectCare Volume 34, Issue 3, Summer 2020

The standard in question is C-04 Health Training for Correctional Officers, which requires that correctional officers who work with inmates receive health-related training at least every two years. One element of the training is cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The standards do not give specific guidance on which type of CPR is required (e.g., professional rescuer, community or hands-only). As long as the course you propose using is from a recognized national body such as the American Red Cross or American Heart Association, then it would meet the intent of the standard. [See this Spotlight on the Standards article for more discussion about standard C-04.]

— From CorrectCare Volume 27, Issue 3, Summer 2013