Texas: Health Experts Urge Jail Revamp
September 15, 2005
Experts hired to upgrade health care in the Dallas County Jail have called for an overhaul of inmate screening procedures, better tuberculosis testing, more staff and physical plant improvements. Among those producing the report was Dr. Michael Puisis, an authority on correctional health care who wrote an earlier report pointing out flaws in the jail's health care system. Puisis said the facility should acquire a new chest X-ray machine; however, Commissioner John Wiley Price said he opposes purchasing the machine because the state already requires that inmates undergo a TB skin test. Puisis said the skin test "misses as much as 20 percent of contagious tuberculosis." Public-health leaders place a high priority on TB screening in correctional institutions because the disease can easily spread there and be carried to the general population by infected inmates upon their release.
Dallas Morning News
09.13.2005; James M. O'Neill
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