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Author:  Margaret R.  Moreland, J.D., M.S.L.S..

Source: Volume 11, Number 03, March/April 2010 , pp.39-42(4)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Angel Luis Sanchez was incarcerated at Bayamon 501, a correctional facility in Puerto Rico, in July 2006 when Sergeant Caban-Rosados supervised a seemingly routine search of prisoners’ living quarters. During the search of the cell that Sanchez shared with four others, a hand-held metal detector showed a positive finding. On request from a corrections officer, an unknown doctor ordered abdominal x-rays of the five inmates. In Steward v. Kelchner, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 28334 (3d Cir. December 23, 2009), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals examined an inmate’s claim that the unsanitary and overcrowded conditions at SCI-Camp Hill (State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill) in Pennsylvania caused an epidemic of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections, that prison offi cials failed to minimize inmates’ exposure, that plaintiff became infected with MRSA, that prison offi cials deliberately denied him proper medical care, and that his health deteriorated as a result. In Cooper v. Johnson, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 26139 (5h Cir. December 1, 2009), the appellate court addressed the question of whether tinnitus was a serious medical need and whether the defendants were deliberately indifferent to that need when they failed to provide the plaintiff with a hearing aid that would relieve his condition.

Keywords: exploratory surgery, foreign object, Rio Pedras Mediac Center, Lasky, Kelchner, deliberate indifference

Affiliations:  1: Pace University School of Law Library.

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