I work in a mixed ICU, medical and surgical. We get traumas, and sometimes the patients are associated with a legal situation, whether it be they are a victim, the perp, or are just being investigated due to the nature of their situation/accident, etc. I recently had a detective come into the unit and ask about my patient, knew that we had blood work on her, and was prodding about her drug screen. What kind of policies do you have out there that protect the patient while also allowing us not to impede or delay an investigation? I did not answer him when he flat out asked me if she was positive for heroine because they suspect that she is involved in a drug circle in town, but he definitely was aggressive about it. I never feel comfortable telling detectives information about the patient but mostly don't ever know what I can tell them and what I cannot. For example, I have been asked about injuries in detail and what surgeries they have had.. that patient was a victim of a crime. I just feel so confused about what is allowed and what isn't! Please help!