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Minerva Oftalmologica 2016 September;58(3):52-60

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Organization and emergency evaluation of the ophthalmology service in a penitentiary structure: the experience of Cuneo public health service

Alessandro G. ACTIS, Gabriella TURCO, Giuseppe BAFUMO

ASL Cuneo 1, Specialistica Ambulatoriale, Servizio Aziendale Tutela della Salute in Ambito Penitenziario, Cuneo, Italy


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Eye service within a penitentiary has several critical issues, primarily the correct assessment of urgency by the general physician (usually always in service): it is necessary to move police officers and transport the patient in an emergency department or the patient can wait for the ophthalmologist when in duty? Moreover, consultations must contend with a poor instrumentation (if compared to an ophthalmology department) and with difficulty to prescribe exams outside of the penitentiary structure. The ophthalmologist operating in a prison has to focus on the essentials, trying to follow the modern guidelines. Aim of this paper was to give some ideas to discuss about.

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