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REQUESTS FOR BLOOD ALCOHOL AND DRUG LEVELS
|These pages are excerpted from the Trauma
Resident Handbook, Rhode Island Hospital Department of Surgery,
Division of Trauma - updated 2001. The policies herein are intended
to serve as guidelines only. Individual circumstances need to
be considered as there may be times when it is appropriate or
desirable to deviate from these guidelines. These educational
guidelines will be reviewed and updated routinely.
The hospital and its personnel are under no obligation to take
blood samples from an unconscious patient at the behest of law
enforcement personnel or other officials.
If a patient consents to the taking of a blood
sample, when requested by law enforcement personnel, the appropriate
consent form should be completed.
If the patient refuses or is unable or unwilling
to consent, no blood sample should be taken unless, in the opinion
of the physician, its acquisition is dictated by sound medical
practice for the purpose of diagnosis.
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