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Compliance tools to help handle DWI draws in the lab

Strategies for Health Care Compliance, May 1, 2008

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Drawing blood for purposes of prosecuting those driving while intoxicated (DWI) could obligate your hospital laboratory to tackle difficult decisions.

First, the police may request a blood draw from an intoxicated patient who may not have consented to the withdrawal. Later, a court may subpoena the laboratory staff members to testify about the procedures they used to collect blood if a person challenges a conviction.

To help you deal with these situations, we spoke to Donald Ramsell, Esq., a criminal defense attorney at Ramsell, Armamentos & Klis, LLC, in Wheaton, IL. The following are the basics you should know.

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