Until such time as the Receiver's Office implements a process for obtaining inmate consent for sterilization under Title 22 that complies with all aspects of the regulations, it should discontinue its practice of facilitating an inmate's consent for sterilization in the prison and allow the general acute care hospital to obtain an inmates consent.
On September 12, 2014, a memorandum was sent to all medical staff working in CDCR institutions directing them to defer the consent process to the community hospital. The memorandum further directs institutions to request the community hospital surgeon who will be performing the procedure personally obtain consent from the patient. (See Attachment #3)
Proposed Action Plan:
Develop a memorandum to instruct all medical staff to discontinue the practice of facilitating inmate's consent for sterilization and defer to the community hospital.
A memorandum is being drafted and once approved will be sent to all medical staff working in CDCR institutions to discontinue the practice of facilitating inmate's consent for sterilization and deferring the consent process to the community general acute care hospital.
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