Arrestee / Correctional Care

 

Medical Screening and Pre-Booking Exams

Nearly 95% of in-custody complaints can be handled by our medical providers without the need of hospital emergency department ancillary services. Our medical staff will conduct pre-booking exams to determine if the arrestee can be medically cleared for booking. Officers can now transport arrestees to their local city jail where the entire booking process and medical clearance will take place. If the arrestee requires a higher level of medical care our staff will inform the officer and or watch commander on duty of such a need and direct the person to a local emergency department. This will offset the unnecessary cost and time of transporting the arrestee to a local emergency room. If the arrestee does not meet the release criteria then our medical providers will coordinate with the local emergency department physician of his or her findings and the need for a higher level of medical care. Having our services allows for officers to return to patrol services in a quick and efficient manner. Through our Board Certified Emergency Medical Director all of our physician staff has standardized procedures relating to all aspects of medical care in place as set forth by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians and the American Medical Association.

Legal Specimen Collection and Chemical Tests

Our onsite services allow for Legal Specimen Collection and Chemical Tests (Blood Draws) to be done in the safe and secure environment of your jail facility or at your department sponsored DUI related enforcement activity. Blood Draws can become labor intensive often times requiring more than one officer to transport the arrestee to the hospital. Having our services onsite allows for officers to return to patrol in a quick and efficient manner. This enables your department to retain the officers by not having to transport in custody individuals to local emergency departments for this chemical test. All withdrawal of blood is performed in a medically approved manner by our staff that is qualified and trained to draw blood. Our staff will also collect involuntary blood samples in accordance to your department’s policy and California State Law. Our staff conforms to the same policies, standards and laws set forth in Title 17 of California Code of Regulations, Physical Evidence Bulletins of the California Department of Justice Forensic Services Bureau and section 23158 of the California Vehicle Code.

Nasal Naloxone (NARCAN®) Program Administration

Fentanyl is a dangerous, powerful, Schedule II narcotic that is 50 times more potent than heroin and is responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths. Fentanyl is not only dangerous for the drug’s users, but for law enforcement and first responders who unknowingly come into contact with it in its different forms. Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin or accidental inhalation of airborne powder. NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. Vital Medical Services provides Nasal NARCAN medical director oversight coupled with a standing order to public safety agencies. Program administration includes education, training, oversight, implementation and reporting protocols pursuant to local, state and federal guidelines.

Sobriety Checkpoint Medical Staffing

With these detection techniques commonly targeting specific areas and times studies have shown the probability of a DUI apprehension is highest after bars and restaurants close in the entertainment section of town, or over holiday weekends such as Memorial or Labor Day. Our staff will be onsite and available to assist with all blood draw requests. If the assignment is a roving sobriety detail then our medical staff can ride with a designated member of the police department and be taken to area, facility or city jail where the blood draw is requested thus forth eliminating any extra transport time needed to transport the arrestee to a local medical center. Our staff will also collect involuntary blood samples in accordance to your department’s policy and California State Law. Our staff conforms to the same policies, standards and laws set forth in Title 17 of California Code of Regulations, Physical Evidence Bulletins of the California Department of Justice Forensic Services Bureau and section 23158 of the California Vehicle Code.

Additional Services

Our providers have staff privileges at local medical centers and can expedite such transfers for higher level of medical care if needed. Our providers will also assist and coordinate any potential transfers or transports to either the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Medical Services Bureau or to LA County USC or Harbor UCLA Medical Center if additional care is required for the arrestee.