The importance of attending to a prisoner's medical needs


Much has been said over time about the mechanics of rendering first aid to a prisoner. Hours are spent on how to monitor a subject in your care and custody, i.e. how to determine level of consciousness; how to check for airway, breathing, and circulation; how to perform a body check; how to provide treatment to your level of training; and how to continue to monitor the subject. But, very little is said of why it is important for an officer to do so. Why is it so important for you to provide for a prisoner’s medical needs?

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