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NCJ Number: 62523 Find in a Library
Title: MANAGEMENT OF COMMON MEDICAL PROBLEMS IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - EPILEPSY AND TUBERCULOSIS
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: American Medical Assoc
Publishing Operation Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: American Medical Assoc
Chicago, IL 60610
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78 ED-AX-0023
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE ORGANIZATION OF EPILEPSY TREATMENT PROGRAMS AND TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS IS OUTLINED IN THIS AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PAMPHLET.
Abstract: RECENT STUDIES HAVE SUGGESTED THAT EPILEPSY MAY BE TWO TO THREE TIMES MORE FREQUENT AMONG THE RESIDENTS OF JAILS AND PRISONS THAN IN THE GENERAL POPULATION, MAKING IT IMPERATIVE THAT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE AN ORGANIZED TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR EPILEPSY. THIS PROGRAM SHOULD ENSURE THAT ALL INMATES WITH EPILEPSY HAVE HAD APPROPRIATE DIAGNOSTIC STUDIES; THAT SERUM ANTICONVULSANT DRUG LEVELS ARE PERIODICALLY OBTAINED; AND THAT THOSE PERSONS WITH POORLY CONTROLLED OR ATYPICAL SEIZURES HAVE TIMELY ACCESS TO SPECIALIZED EPILEPSY SERVICES, CONSULTANTS, AND DIAGNOSTIC STUDIES. EPILEPSY-SPECIFIC RECORDKEEPING SYSTEMS SHOULD BE DESIGNED AND USED, INCLUDING A SUMMARY OF DIAGNOSTIC RESULTS, ACCURATE DESCRIPTIONS OF SEIZURE EPISODES AND FREQUENCY, ANTICONVULSANT DRUG INTAKE AND SERUM LEVELS, AND PERIODIC EXAMINATIONS TO MONITOR FOR ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF THE MEDICATIONS. AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF AN ORGANIZED EPILEPSY PROGRAM IS CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MEDICAL, NURSING, PARAMEDICAL, AND CORRECTIONAL STAFF, INCLUDING TRAINING IN FIRST AID PROCEDURES FOR AN EPILEPTIC SEIZURE. BECAUSE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS CAN ALSO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE PREVENTION OF TUBERCULOSIS, PROCEDURES FOR INSTITUTING A TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING PROGRAM ARE PRESENTED, EMPHASIZING INTERAGENCY COOPERATION AND PATIENT SUPERVISION AND EDUCATION. TABULAR DATA ON TUBERCULOSIS AND EPILEPSY TREATMENT ARE INCLUDED, ALONG WITH REFERENCES AND RESOURCE LISTS.
Index Term(s): Correctional facilities; First aid; Inmate Programs; Medical and dental services; Neurological disorders; Standards; Treatment
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