The Ethics of Warrantless Blood Draws in a Hospital Setting

January 1, 2020

“A recent Supreme Court ruling allows police to obtain blood draws from unconscious drunk driving suspects.

‘When a law enforcement officer requests a blood draw of a drunk driving suspect, ethical considerations include balancing the suspect’s expectation of privacy against the public’s safety,’ says Anne M. Brendel, JD, an attorney with Buchalter Law Firm specializing in healthcare law and regulatory matters. Policies should be updated and modified regularly, particularly in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision, Brendel advises.”

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