Mandatory disclosures at scene
Leaving forms on scene with the police
There are two instances (only) where we are mandated to disclose at a scene, under the following two Acts and situations:
- Gunshot and Stab Wound Disclosure Act: in this case, it’s unusual for a demand to occur (but not impossible). The scenario is that we attend a shooting and the police demand a copy of our form, under this Act we are compelled to provide it under the Act. In reality, however, the police understand that there is almost no information of value to them whilst we are treating a shooting patient, and are less likely to demand it (if at all). The specific investigative team (IHIT) will generally request it under the formal FIPPA release process for investigative purposes.
- Coroner’s Act: where we attend a sudden, unexpected death that occurs outside of hospital. Under this scenario we attend and discontinue a resuscitation, police are notified to begin an investigation into a possibility of foul play. We would leave the form with the police, who will then provide it to the attending coroner, to satisfy their investigation into the death.
Disclosure to Police - Reference Guide - https://intranet.bcas.ca/policy/operational/pdf/bcehs-ops-003.pdf
Release of Patient Personal Information to Police in Urgent or Emergency Situations - https://intranet.bcas.ca/policy/operational/pdf/bcehs-ops-002.pdf
Links are available on the BCEHS intranet