In a time when lawsuits against correctional facilities abound, defensive practice is critical. The antidote to deliberate indifference is consistent, appropriate medical care from conscientious health care personnel who understand the incarcerated population as well as the resources and limitations of the facility. This presentation examines common processes that are most vulnerable to litigation, including receiving screening, responding to sick call requests, identifying and responding to medical emergencies, and the sharing of "need to know" information with custody staff, while explaining how to develop best medical decisions that can help keep correctional health care immune to litigation.
- Recognize medical issues that commonly lead to risk and liability
- Identify preventive quality control initiatives that are safe and practical
- Interpret current trends in correctional health care litigation