Flash Poll (Extended) Blood Draws for Evidence

Last month's Flash Poll asked about policies regarding drawing blood for evidence. Since this is such a big issue and, this organization is about members sharing information with members, we thought you may want to see the entire list of the responses to question number 4.

In two sentences or less, what is your policy/protocol regarding blood draws requested by police?

  • ‚ÄčDon't do it, specifically prohibited by NJ statute.
  • The practice is clearly stipulated in State rules and we practice in compliance with those rules.
  • Patient/suspect must give consent. Will not draw combative suspect.
  • Per county protocol: if time and patient condition allows, provider discretion
  • Blood draws are performed by hospital personnel.
  • We do not perform legal blood draws for law enforcement.
  • We do not do.
  • We don't do blood draws
  • Must have warrant or officer statement to comply with Florida Statutes.EMS Supervisor draws blood, with preference to audio/video recording or procedure by law enforcement and call/response to each step between EMS supervisor and the officer.
  • We do not draw blood for the police (period) never have.
  • We do not do scene draws for LE. They are brought to ED for that.
  • We do not do field blood draws.
  • Follow state law/protocols
  • State statute requires that EMS do blood draws on request. We have worked with LE agencies and prosecutors to minimize the burden.
  • Police agency request. Must be under a contract with that agency to provide blood draw services.
  • Hospital-based rural service area where paramedics are the only medical resource after 9 pm - clarified the roles/responsibilities with the jail, sheriff and highway patrol. The "current practice" had drifted from what the state authorizes.
  • We do not draw blood on LE requests.The subjects are transported to the hospital by LE for blood draws.
  • We don't currently have a policy for blood draws in the field. Our local hospitals usually handle these situations.
  • Only medically necessary. Draw given to receiving med. facility.
  • Our medical director has authorized the blood draw procedure for the sole purpose of diagnosis and treatment of the patients. All blood samples must be transported to the receiving hospital for hospital analysis to aid in the treatment and care of the patient.
  • We do not draw blood for evidence collection.
  • A supervisor does the blood draw following an agency SOP created in concert with law enforcement and the district attorney.
  • We do not do them per state policy
  • Our agency doesn't do blood draws in the field for police.Our medical director doesn't want our agency drawing blood in the field.
  • Currently do not conduct blood draws for law enforcement. Local PD has contracted the service out to forensic phlebotomists.
  • We do not do pre-hospital specimen collection.
  • We don't do them.
  • Currently we don't do blood draws for anything at the moment.
  • We do not do it.
  • Law enforcement blood draws are managed by the Battalion Chief.This provides us with a small group specifically trained in the evidentiary process and risk management.
  • We do the draw at the request of Law Enforcement as long as it doesn't take to a level 0 for Coverage. If no ambulance is available then the Chief will go and draw if available. Law enforcement wants who ever does the draw to be in uniform.
  • None
  • EMS will collect blood samples (ONLY) on traffic fatalities, if requested by Law Enforcement.
  • We don't perform blood draws, they can be performed in the hospital (average transport mileage is 4.0 miles so we are very close to multiple hospitals)
  • No draws allowed
  • We will only perform a "felony blood draw" for a law enforcement agency who has a pre-existing contract with us specifying who pays for the materials and cost of court time if our EMT or Medic is required to testify, etc.
  • They are permitted in isolated areas only.Not common practice.
  • No blood draws for police.Paramedics are not required to draw blood, ever, but may as a courtesy to the hospital.
  • We do not perform evidentiary blood draws
  • We do NOT do them at all.
  • We don't do them anymore.
  • We do not do them
  • We don't do them. We agreed with local LEO not to conduct field draws.
  • We don't do blood draws.
  • We are part of a police department, have a policy in place, and our Police Medics routinely draw bloods as requested under state Vehicle & Traffic Law.
  • Must be done by someone with specific credentials within the agency. Must be witnessed by the officer and at least one other to certify chain of custody. Must not interfere with on-going patient care/acuity.
  • No policy, other than we don't do it, It requires a warrant and special trained personnel to complete a blood draw for police.
  • Guides by NYS DOH Policy.
  • We do not do them
  • We do not have policy/protocol. Police do not request in our area.
  • We don't do legal blood draws, only medical.
  • We do not do any blood draws for police.
  • Under state law, it is the individual provider's decision as to participate in the blood draw or not and the agency cannot make a different policy.
  • We do not do them.
  • We don't do them.
  • Prohibit our (pre-hospital) employees from participating. The hospitals have their own protocols.
  • Patient must consent to the blood draw unless a subpoena is in hand.
  • Perform as requested because NC state law supports it.
  • In the course of providing treatment, patient must consent, unless unconscious, police must be present and must provide the evidence kit, EMS may refuse if it will interfere with lifesaving care.(Ohio senate bill 58) Became law Sept.2010
  • Patient consent or a warrant is required, and they must provide the blood tube. Aseptic technique with non-alcohol cleansing solution is to be used.
  • We do not do it and they have never requested we do.
  • G.S. 20-16.2(c). Nonetheless, a blood test may often be administered even to a driver who has refused such a test, under two different provisions of law. NC says we have to
  • Draw unless patient refuses.
  • Not done
  • We assist our law enforcement officers by obtaining blood draws.
  • Blood draws by this agency are only performed for receiving facility labs. No police blood draws are conducted
  • Ensure the patients consent to the blood draw. Blood draws are not to be performed without the consent of the party whose blood is being drawn.
  • We do not do them under any circumstances.
  • Must obtain consent from the patient or proof of a warrant to complete the blood draw.
  • We defer to the ER and do not perform blood draws for the police.
  • We don't do them.
  • Our policy is not to perform them.Indiana Administrative Code covers that out-of-healthcare facility blood draws for the purposes of intoxicant analysis must follow a protocol defined by a physician.
  • We will draw blood at the request of law enforcement when the patient consents.If the patient does not consent and there is a warrant for a blood draw signed by a judge we will not draw blood but instead have law enforcement transport the patient to a hospital.
  • This is not a procedure we do in the field.
  • NC recognizes a Paramedic as qualified to conduct an evidentiary blood draw. Some of our agency's supervisors became certified phlebotomist to aid with the issue.
  • Years ago the police department trained up personnel, mostly CSI personnel, to draw blood. When that is not possible the city has contracted an urgent care company to complete evidentiary blood draws when necessary.
  • We do not, by policy, allow our staff to perform blood draws as requested by PD.They are transported to a facility and the staff there perform the draw.
  • We do not do them.
  • We don't do them
  • Follow state law. Minnesota does allow for forced draw under certain specific situations like a traffic death. Call police officers supervisor if any issues arise.
  • EMS not able to do blood draws. This would be between Police and the Hospital
  • We do not do them
  • Our policy is to draw blood only for medical treatment purposes, either by standing orders or on-line medical command. We do not draw blood based on direction or request of law enforcement.
  • We can only do it if transporting a Patient.
  • Warrant required if it is a forced blood draw.We have a local county protocol outlining procedure.
  • We do not do blood draws.
  • EMS does not do legal BA blood draws.
  • We have followed the Code of Virginia regarding our ALS staff having proved competence in performing evidentiary blood draws for law enforcement. The Code of Virginia is very specific on this, if code isn't followed the sample can't be used as evidence.
  • We don't do it.
  • We have a detailed Blood Draw for Law Enforcement (BDLE) policy/protocol, which was developed in coordination with the County Attorney and District Attorney, and was distributed to all law enforcement agencies. Any deviations from the protocol prompt an immediate call to the County Attorney for resolution.
  • We do not do police requested blood draws.
  • Simply stated "Crews may be requested by law enforcement to perform blood draw on patient in custody"
  • We do not do Pre-Hospital Blood draws in our region.However, agencies may opt to do draws for LE.
  • EMS will not draw blood specifically for law enforcement.
  • We are not authorized to do blood draws for policy by the State Regulations.
  • We do not do blood draws for law enforcement.
  • We do not perform blood draws for law enforcement.Never have.

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