Doctor, assistant blame jail nurse for Duchesne inmate’s 2016 death


SALT LAKE CITY — A physician’s assistant arrived at the jail cell of a 21-year-old woman in rural Duchesne County in 2016, only to find that she had died less than an hour earlier.

Now, attorneys for the medical worker and a doctor employed by the jail are fighting allegations that they had ignored Madison Jensen’s urgent need for medical care and did not properly train staff there before her death.

The family of Jensen, who died of dehydration as she withdrew from heroin, sued in 2017 in an effort to force changes at the jail. They allege the doctor and assistant were deliberately indifferent to her need for urgent medical care.

Jensen was booked on Nov. 27, 2016, after acting erratically and talking about suicide, her family has said, and was found dead Dec. 1, 2016. She had told jail staff she might have withdrawals and took medicine for high blood pressure.

A jail nurse had taken Jensen’s blood pressure one day and dropped off a sports drink for her two days later, but did not check on her cell or call the doctor and assistant after receiving a form stating Jensen had been vomiting for four days and couldn’t hold anything down, court documents say.

At a Thursday hearing in federal court in Salt Lake City, attorneys for doctor Kennon Tubbs and his assistant Logan Clark argued the nurse, Jana Clyde, knew to call them if she saw concerning behavior, such as an inmate vomiting and having diarrhea over the course of 12 hours. Clyde had done so in the past, but not in Jensen’s case, they said.

Moreover, the men could not have trained the nurse to treat patients, because as a licensed practical nurse, Utah law prohibited her from doing so without their direction, their attorneys contended.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball …read more

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