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Jeff Keller

Jail Medicine

Jeffrey E. Keller is a Board Certified Emergency Physician with 25 years of emergency medicine practice experience before moving full time into his “true calling” of correctional medicine. He is the medical director of Badger Medical, which provides medical services to several jails and juvenile facilities in Idaho. Dr. Keller is a Fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Correctional Physicians. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Correctional Physicians.

When it comes to assessing an inmate’s mental health, we must rely on subjective markers and compare those markers to the inmate’s baseline
Read their medical history and fill in the blank
The most common mistake made when treating withdrawal in a jail is not to treat the withdrawal at all!
The screening of inmates is possibly one of the most important assessments conducted in correctional settings
The greatest risk to jail inmates is not new inmates with COVID, but deputies or other jail employees catching COVID in the community and bringing it to the jail
Many arrestees think that if they say they have COVID-19, they will not go to jail, but that’s not how the system works
This disease spreads most rapidly where people are enclosed together, like nursing homes, cruise ships and prisons
Funding and staffing for medical care have not kept pace with inmate numbers or the aging inmate population
Many people who are arrested need urgent medical attention before they are booked into jail
I only have a few minutes to convince my patient that I am a legitimate medical doctor and that I care about him