This is a discussion on Reporting in Florida in Florida Nursing, part of United States Nursing ... Recently, I was in a heated discussion with the ER physician over calling the police about a...
Recently, I was in a heated discussion with the ER physician over calling the police about a physical assault. I call when its a MVA, sexual assault, involves a child and elderly, gun shoot/stabbing, and domestic abuse. But when it is an old fashion fight and no one is hurt, I ask the pt if he/she want to press charges if they say no then I don't report it.
I found out in the past that its a waste of the police's time and my pt exam room to call when the pt does not want to. I hold the pt in the exam room until the police come (even if it hrs) just for the pt to tell the police "I don't want to talk about it" and leave.
In short, does Florida law or Florida BON require me to report a regular old fashion fight? I looked on internet and hospital protocols and did not find anything.
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