My county jail is currently passing medications via a single guard preparing and administering medications in the morning and evening. At the new year a new sheriff was elected and is concerned about our current form of medication administration. We are looking for new ideas on how to proceed with this. Preset medication is not an option according to my company who the jail has a contract with. Any other protocols that have seemed to work for anyone else?
Nursing staff covers the small county jail I where I work approx 7 hrs per day x 5 days a week. The M-F AM meds are given by the nurse at the nursing cart. The PM meds and weekend medications are prepoured into small dose envelopes which are labeled with the patient name and the medication and dose contained inside the envelope. The deputies give the inmates the medications from the envelopes in the PM and all dosing done on weekends. The patient initials the MAR that they received each medication. Nurses are on call and availabe by phone for any questions and concerns 24 hours a day. The nurse will also come into the jail off hours if needed. The deputies are able to get into the medication cart if they have a need and are directed by the nurse.
Last edit by Oldest&Ugliest on Feb 18, '13
: Reason: fix to clarify a sentence.