From the people I have spoken with involved in the U.S. prison systems, I truly believe that the staff, as well as the inmates, work harder to prevent infections than they do in our hospitals and medical facilities – well, some of them anyway, I would be remiss to make those broad assumptions about all hospitals. I get emails nearly weekly from prison officials looking for information to learn themselves and to teach their residents, which tells me that they care and that they are really concerned and are really trying hard to beat this tough bacteria. Read about what the staff at this facility, in Columbus, Indiana are doing to try to prevent its spread:
Inita Sweet, jail nurse, said staph infections are hard to prevent. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It happens in hospitals and nursing homes too,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sweet said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Some people are clean and cautious, and others are not. And they are so tight in here, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to control.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Sweet said as soon as she discovers an infection, she immediately puts the inmate on antibiotics and asks that they keep the infection covered with bandages. Ã¢â‚¬Å“When it drains, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really contagious,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“A lot of guys come in off the street with the infection. If I can catch them, I try to isolate them until it starts to dry up.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Sweet said the number of outbreaks is down from a year ago. As of Friday, Sweet said there were no inmates with staph infections. She said there were 10 cases a year ago, six in March and three in May. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It seems to come in waves,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sweet said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I will get everybody treated, and then it comes back, but right now we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have anyone. I can live with that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jailer Cpl. Nathan Barr said thorough precautions are taken to keep the jail sanitary. The first and third week of every month, inmates are given clean rags, bleach, toilet cleaner, scrapers and trash bags, among other products, to clean their cells, Barr said.
Every morning inmate workers sweep and mop the cells and clean the showers. Barr said each inmate has enough clothes to wear a clean outfit each day, and laundry is done twice a week. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They can buy clothes and sanitary items,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Barr, who has worked at the jail for two years. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But if they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the money, once a week we give them the sanitary items.Ã¢â‚¬Â
No matter the effort, Barr said, it is hard to keep the infection under control.
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