So, who’s REALLY in charge anyway?

Mar 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Courts, Medical (Inmate Healthcare), Prisons & Confinement

BobsNewsflash[1],jpgThis is another one of those things that no matter how it goes down it makes the department look like the Keystone Kops.

On October 15 inmate David Scott Gillian, 52, was found doing a chandelier impersonation in his cell at Pleasant Valley during pill call.  The med tech alerted a nearby C/O.  The Med Tech and a Sergeant entered the cell.  Gillian seemed to be very, very dead.  (In fact the coroner is saying dead about 4-8 hours before the body was found.)

In accordance with standard medical procedure the med staff wanted to cut him down and start CPR.  Allegedly the Sergeant refused and locked the door.  A medical doctor ordered the cell opened so that CPR could be started.  Custody again refused.  (Allegedly.)

There is also, according to the extensive piece in today’s Sacramento PRAVDA linked here, some reason to believe the custody staff had not done their rounds prior to the discovery.

This isn’t and should not be rocket science.  Either medical can order CPR or they can’t.  If they can custody should make it happen except under truly dangerous conditions.  Somebody needs to be in charge or the department will continue to look like a pack of morons.

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One Comment to “So, who’s REALLY in charge anyway?”

  1. pacovilla says:

    Unless an inmate is under a very restrictive segregation order, I can’t imagine a situation under which custody would not defer to medical. I can’t recall an instance where staff refused to follow medical directions except, perhaps, keeping an inmate restrained during treatment.