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Legal advice: What should I do if police ask me to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient? 

A police constable may request that a blood sample be taken from someone incapable of giving consent, but a health practitioner cannot be compelled to do this and the person taking the sample must not be involved in the patient’s clinical care, advises legal expert Marc Cornock

A police constable may request that a blood sample be taken from someone incapable of giving consent, but a health practitioner cannot be compelled to do this and the person taking the sample must not be involved in the patient’s clinical care, advises legal expert Marc Cornock

This is an interesting question given what occurred in Utah in the US in September, when nurse Alex Wubbels was arrested for refusing to take blood – at the request of a police officer – from one of her patients who was unconscious.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code does not provide specific guidance for this type of situation for UK nurses, other than saying you should act within the

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