Correction Facilities

At the end of 2005, ∼7 million people (or 1 of every 33 American adults) were either in jail, in prison, or on parole. Compared with the general pub-lic, newly incarcerated inmates have an increased prevalence of human im-munodeficiency virus infection, hepatitis B virus infection, hepatitis C virus infection, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and Mycobacterium tuberculo-sis infection. While incarcerated, inmates are at an increased risk for the ac-quisition of blood-borne pathogens, sexually transmitted diseases, methicil-lin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, and infection with airborne organisms, such as M. tuberculosis, influenza virus, and varicella-zoster virus. While incarcerated, inmates interact with hundreds of thousands of correctional employees and millions of annual visitors [2]. Most inmates are eventually released to interact with the general public. Tremendous opportunities exist for infectious diseases specialists and infection-control practitioners to have an impact on the health of correctional employees, the incarcerated, and the communities to which inmates return. This article presents a brief review of some of the most important infection-control challenges and opportunities within the correctional setting.


Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad way to preventing infectious diseases in Prisons and Jails. To help slow the spread of viruses and diseas-es, the first line of defense is getting vaccinated. Other measures include keeping sick people away from others, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands. Correction facilities standard procedures for cleaning and disinfecting, typi-cally means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often in specific areas such as desks, kitchens, showers rooms, restrooms countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, fau-cet and toilet handles, phones, ceilings, and floors.

Some correction facilities may also require daily disinfecting these items. Prisons and Jails should immediately clean surfaces and objects that are vis-ibly soiled. If surfaces or objects are soiled with body fluids or blood, use gloves and other standard precautions to avoid coming into contact with the fluid. Remove the spill, and then clean and disinfect the surface.

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