Medical Services are available on a 24-hour basis through routine medical programs and urgent emergency care. Medical Services are provided by FTC Medical staff and community consultants. If you are a new commitment, you will be given a medical examination and necessary immunization shots. If you are returning from a writ or a BOP medical facility, your medical files will be reviewed to determine if another physical is necessary. You will be cleared for work when medical requirements have been met.
Sick call sign-up is conducted in the unit’s medical exam room between 6:30 A.M. and 6:45 A.M., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Occasionally, it may become necessary to restrict an individual’s activity due to health reasons. In these cases, individuals are placed on idle or convalescent status. When placed on a medical idle status, you must stay in your assigned cell except for meals, sick call, medical call-outs, or religious services. When placed on convalescence status you may not go to work, however, you may participate in other, nonphysical activities. You may not participate in recreational activities on either status.
GENERAL MEDICAL INFORMATION
All new inmates in the Bureau of Prisons will receive a preventive health screening and dental screening as part of the A&O process. Transfers from other Bureau facilities may not require the entire examination. The medical files of these inmates will be reviewed and only those evaluations which were not done at another facility will be completed. From this point on, all inmates are eligible to request a preventive health screening, yearly, if over 50 and every three years if under 50. You may request a preventive health screening by sending an inmate request to staff to health services. A review of your medical record will be conducted to determine the last preventive health screening and schedule your request. Check the institution call-outs for the date and time you are scheduled.
Preventive Health Screening:
Viral Hepatitis: If you are at risk of Hepatitis B or C viral infections or report prior infections.
HIV: If you are at risk of infection or report prior infection.
TB Skin Test: Every year unless you had a positive test in the past.
Colon Cancer: Testing for blood in your stool every year beginning at age 50 sooner if you are at a higher risk for colon cancer.
Diabetes: If you are at risk, screening every three years beginning at age 45.
Cholesterol: Beginning at age 45, screen every five years (sooner if you are at risk).
Information on AIDS/ HIV will be provided to you by health service staff during A&O period. Additional information on sexually transmitted diseases will be discussed. During your incarceration, if there are any questions about sexually transmitted diseases, you should sign up for sick call.
Inmates who are interested in completing an Advanced Directive or Living Will should complete an inmate request to staff to the Health Services Administrator. Procedures and forms for the proper completion of these legal documents are available. The completed forms will become a permanent part of your medical record.
EYE EXAMS: Sign up for sick call, a Snellen exam will be conducted. The results of this test determine if an optometrist appointment is required.
Dental sick call is for emergency care only, such as severe toothaches, abscesses, temporary fillings, etc. To obtain routine dental treatment, such as permanent fillings, dentures, and cleaning, etc. you must submit an inmate request to staff to the dental department. During the medical A&O lecture, each inmate will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive additional information.
Dental treatment is prioritized by treating inmates with severe dental pain and infections first. Routine dental care (such as simple fillings and dentures) will be done only as time and resources permit.
ON THE JOB INJURIES
If an inmate is injured while performing an assigned duty, he must immediately report to his work supervisor. Failure to report immediately to your supervisor may result in disqualification from eligibility for lost time/wages or compensation.
INMATE CO-PAYMENT PROGRAM
October 3, 2005, PS 6031.01 implements the Federal Prisoner Health Care co-payment Act of 2000, Public Law 106-294, 18 U.S.C. S4048. The program statement explains the Bureau of Prisons may, under certain circumstances, charge you, an inmate under our care and custody, a fee for providing you with health care services. You must pay a fee of $2.00 for a health care service, if you receive health care services in connection with a health care visit that you requested. Co-payment fees are waived when appointments or services, including follow-up appointments, are initiated by medical staff. Needed health care is not denied due to lack of available funds. If you are not satisfied with the treatment you are receiving write a cop out to Health Services Administrator for informal resolution, administrative remedy process or you can also inform JCAHO.
Indigent Medical Care
An inmate without funds is an inmate who has not had a trust fund account balance of $6.00 for the past 30 days. Health Services will provide up to two OTC medications per week for an inmate without funds.