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Continuity of Medication and Solving Problems Unique to the Correctional Setting  

Author:  Catherine M. Knox, M.N., R.N., C.C.H.P.-R.N..

Source: Volume 18, Number 04, May/June 2017 , pp.53-55(3)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Many of the issues that nurses confront in the correctional setting while advocating for patients and their treatment are because health care is not the main goal, the burden of disease is great, and the population is transient with high turnover among inmates. Among the most common problems in this category are inmates who do not show up to take medication at the prescribed time and having the wrong medication delivered. This article examines some of the most common problems associated with continuity of care—problems—and practical solutions for preventing and addressing these issues—that arise when an inmate enters prison or jail, is moved from one section of a facility to another, or from facility to facility; and finally, when an inmate is released into the community.

Keywords: Polypharmacy; Transfers; Discharge Planning; Med Line; “No Shows”; KOP Medications

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