Quote from MadisonsMomRN
Ok, like I said in another post I am new to corrections. We administer meds by pill call where the inmates come to a window and then we have to go out to the segregation units to administer meds to the guys in lock down. Well custody only allows us to make one med pass during the day and one med pass at night. We go out at dinner time because that is what custody wants. Well many of the inmates have hs meds too. So what do you do when an inmate is ordered a med, like Ultram for example, at dinner time and at hs. Many nurses give the dinner pills and the hs at the same time. But I didnt because of the 1 hour rule. I mean I am in my right to do that.
What do you do?
At my facility, unless the prisoners are on the infirmary they get meds tid. Some meds are allowed to be kept on their persons, but controlled substances and meds with a high potential for abuse are always from the pill line. Narcotic pain meds are not given in general population. The prisoner has to be on the infirmary for those. This is for supermax, segregation, and general population.
Have you checked with your DOC policy and health care service directives? Custody may WANT it one way, but policy may say they have to do it another way. You may also want to develop a statement for them, with references, about meds that need to be given ac, pc, more than twice a day, etc. If your facility undergoes ACA or NCCHC accreditation, those rules seem to pull a little more.