[PDF] Emergency department patients in police custody

Royal College of Emergency Medicine - RCEM
Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Publication date:
28 June 2016


This guideline has been developed to help medical and nursing staff within Emergency Departments (EDs) manage adult patients (18 or over) who attend whilst in the custody of the police. It includes recommendations on where to treat a patient, the timeliness of management and what information is required to be transferred with the patient if discharged. The care of the patient attending the ED under the care of the Prison service is not included in this guideline. The College has produced specific guidance about patients with suspected internally concealed drugs.