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This topic has come to life following queries in the thread of Should Doctors inform their patients that they have a criminal record?. What happens if a patient tells you that he has or is about to commit a crime, or you suspect he has committed a serious crime. For me this topic arises almost every day when Doctors seek advice about such issues. So here is a real situation, what would you do:
Whilst working in the Emergency Department you are asked to see a 17 year old girl who claims to be the victim of an attempted rape. You have no intention of examining her (the Forensic Medical Examiner will be coming to the department asap) but you must speak with her and ensure that she has no immediately life or limb threatening problems. She unsolicited tells you a white male aged about 20 attacked and attempted to rape her. She was able to see a tattoo on his neck which read "Man Utd". She does have an obviously swollen left eye and has bruising and lacerations across her throat and face. She is dishevelled and traumatised. You make a brief but concise entry into her notes of what she has said to you and what you have observed externally. The girl is then left in the departments relatives room with her mother One piece of information she gave was that she had scratched with her nails her attackers face and knew she had left the attacker with deep lacerations over his face and as she fought him off she had pushed his left eye with all her strength and she felt sure he would have obvious facial injuries.
Several hours later you examine a young man who claims he got into a fight with a bouncer and sustained injuries. His T shirt is bloodied and he has multiple quite deep lacerations across his face. His left eye is extremely painful, bloodied and watering. As you listen to his chest you note a tattoo on his neck that says "Man Utd".
How would you approach this situation.