Corporate Compliance

Compliance tools to help handle DWI draws in the lab

Strategies for Health Care Compliance, May 1, 2008

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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