Chapter 13. Public Safety Liaison
Healthcare organizations must ensure that they provide proper medical care to patients while protecting the legal rights of patients and expediting the legitimate activities of public safety agencies. The primary objectives of healthcare organizations and of public safety agencies can be quite different with respect to patients. The relationship of the patient to the law enforcement agency determines the procedure to be followed. In other words, a patient who is the subject of an investigation, is in protective custody, or is a witness should be handled differently than a patient who is actually under arrest, incarcerated, or for whom an arrest warrant has been issued. Cooperation and understanding of both the ...

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