Policy #PTS 29, Request for Release of Physical Evidence/Patient Property, permits hospital personnel to tag and secure all items (including knives, bullets etc) removed from a patient not in custody of Dept of Corrections. These items are secured in the property office and released upon presentation of a subpoena. The items should not be released to police officers who requests them as the police may have a vested interest in the evidence. If the patient is in DOC custody the items can be released to an appropriate official of the DOC agency.
Here in Risk Management we do not release anything to the police without a subpoena.
Janette A. Baxter, RN, MS, JD
Elmhurst, New York 11373
Fax 718 334 5143