Man it sure has been awhile since we fired up the ol’ You Make the Call Machine here at HMHQ, but I thought it’s finally time to get back on the posting circuit.
For you new people, I post a situation, you answer it based on your local policies.
Dispatched in the first response vehicle of choice for your agency, the local PD has detained a man who assaulted another person. The other person is receiving care from your partner and is stable, bleeding controlled and has agreed to transport. PD presents you to the window of the patrol car where you can see a superficial laceration to the forearm just distal to the left elbow. There was a small drip of blood that appears to be dry, no other injuries are obvious through the window.
After repeated pleas the officer agrees to open the door and remove the patient but warns that he became violent when they took him into custody. He stands and allows a brief primary and secondary exam and you note no other deformity or injury. He is refusing vital signs, treatment and transport in colorful language, but denies alcohol or drug use. When asked if he understands the risks of refusing assessment and treatment he replies in the affirmative and states his reason for assaulting the man and the police is his business, not yours.
Is he able to refuse service? If so, who signs the form when PD tells you there’s no chance of him removing the cuffs to allow for a signature?
You Make the Call.