Patient Escort

This problem could affect two standards. P-A-01 Access to Care requires that the responsible health authority identify and eliminate any unreasonable barriers, intentional and unintentional, to inmates receiving health care. P-D-06 Patient Escort states in compliance indicator #1 that patients are transported safely and in a timely manner for medical, dental and mental health clinic appointments inside and outside the facility. Compliance with these standards could be compromised if custody is not transporting patients to the clinic in a timely fashion. Custody staff shortage is not an acceptable justification for missing appointments.

— From CorrectCare Volume 33, Issue 4, Fall 2019