posted on Jun, 18 2007 @ 04:06 PM
When an Emergency Room has a patient, who is incoherent due to drugs or alcohol, AND is IN CUSTODY of the POLICE, it is the POLICE who tell (consent)
the Emergency Room to to treat the patient, or that they are taking them back to prison, initially.
When the patient has to be admitted, the law officials are supposed to provide their own security in the patient's room, but often do not, and leave
the patient unattended, and tell the staff "Don't let him get away."
I know, I've been through this as a RN.
IF a nurse an/dor doctor SEES the patient is in DISTRESS and CONTRONTS the law official based on the ethics of it to get the priosion/patient
treatment against the intentions of the law official, they would win, in all senses, legally for having done so.
That is NOT so say that the doctor or nurse who started the confrontation for the patient's sake would NOT suffer backlash retribution later on
underhandedly by the law.
I'm merely pointing out that there may or may not have been a LOT of unknown contributing factors to this tragedy.
However, it REMAINS UTTTERLY UNJUSTIFIED and should NEVER have happened.