The Department of Correctional Services says the inmate assaulted the staff member Thursday evening around 9:30pm.
According to the department, an inmate was observed on the floor of his cell during a facility count. Guards escorted the inmate to the medical center for observation. The inmate went limp, then turned on three staff members.
The inmate kicked one in the face.
An investigation is underway to determine if charges will be filed. The department also will consider disciplinary action against the inmate.