Career Columnist / Author Nurse Beth, MSN 168 Articles; 2,988 Posts Specializes in Tele, ICU, Staff Development. Has 30 years experience. Mar 11 JKL33 said: Safety issues are within their purview Correct. But obviously the hospital would not enjoy putting on a OD defense by saying, "they would've killed themselves anyway" **I have no idea what just happened with the separate posts and the quotes being attributed to Tweety. Sorry. That's strange! (the attribution error). Tweety may well not like this-is allnurses liable? haha @JKL33 I enjoy your posts and exchange of thoughts. Calling law enforcement for an IV is not in any hospital policy I've seen; it seems an urban myth. I could be wrong. When I have told staff nurses not to call the police, the reaction is, "They might use it to inject drugs!" Yes, and they also might inject between their toes. Yes, it's an error to allow a patient to go home with an IV, yes, there is a liability, and yes, everything should be done to retrieve the IV. But not the police. Is the expectation the police will remove it themselves? Forcibly put the patient in a police car and escort them to the hospital. Does anyone know?