prison advance directives

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i am a nurse in the state of wv corrections system. this is the first time i have ever been in a chat room. i'm here because i am concerned about the rights of inmates regarding advance directives. i am told in each prison their rights are different. the warden of a particular prison has the ultimate say. i know of several inmates that have terminal illnesses, stage IV ca, who will have to receive full codes. some nurses tell me that the reason for this is to prevent riots. no inmate wants to die in prison. a doctor told me he thought this came from substandard health care in the past which has caused mistrust among the prison population. i know of a specific incident where an lpn had to code an inmate with stage IV ca. the man was already stiff and she had to break his arms to perform cpr. it was a nightmare. she told me "i know he would not have wanted me to do that. it was inhumane."
where can i go to get facts on this issue? please help these inmates die with dignity.


Posted on 2001/4/24 5:18




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I just wanted to let you know that, after reading your message, I began a search to get some information about advance directives in the prison system. I found a good article in the website, American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics: http://www.aslme.org/pub_jlme/26.2a.html which discusses "End-of-Life Care in Prisons and Jails." This is their general website address: http://www.aslme.org/index.html
We will continue searching for information and will post it here when we have it. However, we want to also thank you for enlightening us about what you have experienced relating to end-of-life care in the prison system. Please know that your words have not fallen on deaf ears . . . we hope that any other readers who can further enlighten us with relevant information will share their thoughts with us.


Posted on 2001/4/24 17:29




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Well, I got some feedback from someone who is involved with the prison system and he mentioned that the wardens may have the final say-so in an institution, but that you may want to check with the federal prison
systems of the USA and they can tell/advise you on all federal institutions.
Also, you can also contact the state prison system of West Virginia for the correct information you need - as this would change from state to state. (You can begin a check with http://www.state.wv.us/url/9000.htm)
This would be the only way that you would know for sure. He also mentioned for you to NOT take someone's word unless they are in position to give you that sort of information.
I hope that this helps in some way, and we'll keep posting here when we get more to share. . . it's an issue that's certainly deserving of time and effort.


<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: 4Hope on 2001-04-26 10:50 ]</font>


Posted on 2001/4/26 10:45




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