East Baton Rouge officials to study jail medical operations

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — East Baton Rouge city-parish officials are looking to spend nearly $100,000 to study the parish jail’s medical operations, after medical workers complained in August that they are dangerously understaffed, underfunded and overworked.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1QdqkPz) about 10 medical staff members begged the Metro Council for a lifeline during the council’s August meeting, saying they lack supplies as simple and basic as Neosporin and as critical as EKG machines to show if a patient is having a heart attack.

Prison physician Rani Whitfield said their top need is hiring more nurses.

An agenda item set to be introduced at a Metro Council meeting next week would give $95,000 to a consulting firm to analyze the jail’s medical operations.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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