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Polk County Health Department
100 Polk County Plaza
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
After Hours Emergency Phone Number:
Call 715-485-8300 or 911 in an Emergency to report:
Why does the Polk County Health Department (PCHD) need this information? The Polk County Health Department is required by law to report and investigate events that may affect the public's health. This is why it is important for us to hear from you when you suspect an uncommon illness or event. To learn more about the health department's requirements, please click here.
Inmates incarcerated longer than 2 weeks will have a health history and TB skin completed by nursing staff. In addition, inmates receive nursing care based on need. Sick call is conducted a minimum of twice per week. Sick call can be accessed by inmates completion of a Sick Call Request form, available in each cell block. Inmates can be seen for any medical, dental or mental health complaint.
Visitors may bring in acceptable property for the inmate. Acceptable property is:
If you have any questions call 715-485-8379
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These guidelines, prepared for Jail Nurses, are designed to be a living document, written from a practical approach. Purposes of this document are to assure that health care for the incarcerated population is equivalent to community standards of practice and is in alignment with the American Nurses Association's Nursing Code of Ethics (2007).
These Clinical Assessment Guidelines are appropriate to the registered nurse's level of skill and preparation who implement them in compliance with his/her relevant state practice act. Similar to the National Commission of Correctional Health Care's (NCCHC) Nursing Assessment Protocols, these guidelines outline steps for evaluating an inmate's health status and provide suggestions for interventions.
As a living document, these guidelines may be tailored to meet individual facility or agency policies which are approved by the Medical Authority/Physician. Clinical Assessment Guidelines for Jail Nurses provide a framework for nursing action, and they are negotiable and modifiable when necessary.
The underlying goal in using this Clinical Assessment Guideline document is to assure that appropriate healthcare is provided to jail inmates.