Author Archives: Elena Tootell

Health & Wellness

By Dr. E. Tootell San Quentin Chief Medical Officer What’s the Leading Cause of Death for Former Inmates? In 2007, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article titled “Release from Prison- a High Risk of Death for Former Inmates.” The researchers looked at 443 deaths of more than 30,000 inmates released from the […]

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Health & Wellness

By Dr. E Tootell Paroling soon? Don’t forget to arrange for medical care on the outside. The institution will provide 30 days of prescription medications when you leave. You will need to see an outside medical provider to get a new prescription for medications. Most county clinics require ID (like a driver’s license) for you […]

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San Quentin’s Annual Tuberculosis Testing

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL INMATES: ANNUAL INMATE TUBERCULOSIS TESTING STARTS APRIL 26, 2013 By Dr. E. Tootell East Block, AC and NS: Mid-April California State Law requires that every inmate be screened yearly for Tuberculosis. San Quentin will start doing the annual Tuberculosis testing in the next few weeks. If you have had negative TB […]

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Norovirus

Dr. Elaine Tootell Chief Medical Officer The norovirus is a highly infectious virus that causes gastrointestinal illness, commonly spread during the winter months. It spreads by touching items that an infected person has touched, such as doorknobs, flush toilets, and railings. It is also sporadically spread through the air. Symptoms of Norovirus Symptoms of norovirus […]

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Health & Fitness

Dr. Elena Tootell San Quentin Chief Medical Officer Influenza (“the flu”) has recently arrived in Marin County, and it’s occurring in congregate living settings and in other places where people live in close quarters. What is influenza? It’s a virus that causes respiratory symptoms such as a fever, headaches, chills, body aches, runny nose, and […]

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Medical Care

By Elena Tootell Welcome to the San Quentin Medical Corner. I hope to create a monthly letter to be included in the S.Q. News that will inform patients about the current activities of the S.Q. Medical Department. This month, I would like to discuss screening tests, offered to people before they have symptoms of a […]

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