FAQs

What laws cover the need for medical clearances for arrestees?

Pursuant to California Penal Code section 4015(c), cities are not financially responsible for the medical treatment of arrestees, however, Cities cannot accept custody of an arrestee who is injured or becomes ill until after he/she has received a pre-booking medical clearance. Hospitals do not have a legal obligation to provide such a service. In order to obtain low cost medical clearances, Cities would have to transport all arrestees to the County Hospitals which would result in significant downtime for police officers.

Will Emergency Rooms expedite care for police officers who have prisoners in custody?

Emergency Rooms do not provide preferential treatment to police officers who have prisoners in custody. Whether the emergency department is slow or busy the arrestee undergoes the same steps for registration, triage, processing and evaluation as any patient would. If the emergency department is extremely busy the officer(s) and the arrestee will have the same national average wait time of approximately 69.8 minutes before they are seen by a physician as referenced by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.

What policies and procedures do Vital Medical Services follow?

Vital Medical Services follows all evidence based medical practice procedures, along with guidelines and care set forth by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians, American Medical Association and the Emergency Nurses Association with Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician oversight. Furthermore Vital Medical Services follows the same policies, standards and laws set forth in Title 15 and 17 of California Code of Regulations, Physical Evidence Bulletins of the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services and both California Vehicle and California Penal Codes.

What training or licensure does your nursing staff have?

All of our nursing staff are certified through the California Board of Registered Nursing and are trained and certified Emergency Room Nurses with credentials that may include CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), BLS (Basic Life support) and or MICN (Mobile Intensive Care Nurse).

What is the cities responsibility with facility licensure and permits?

Vital Medical Services will handle all required licensure, certificates and business permits to operate within your city.

What insurances does Vital Medical Services have?

We carry Medical Malpractice, Automobile, and Personal Liability Coverage. Our medical malpractice insurance coverage is the same coverage as medical centers have with a minimum of $1,000,000/ $3,000,000 per incident. Any additional insurance requirements set forth or required by the city will be adhered to by Vital Medical Services.