Utah nurse arrested for refusing to give patient's blood

Utah nurse arrested for refusing to give patient's blood

A nurse at University Hospital in Salt Lake City alleges a police detective assaulted and illegally arrested her for following hospital policy to not allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski called the incident "completely unacceptable" and extended an apology to Wubbels for her ordeal. Wubbles told Payne that a patient's consent is required to take a blood sample or otherwise need a police warrant.

She said: "I feel betrayed". When Wubbels continued to deny the order, Payne handcuffed her and marched her out of the hospital.

Payne said he needed the victim's blood sample for an investigation, in a body camera video released during a press conference on Thursday. "We're done." Wubbels can then be heard screaming as the cop drags her out of the hospital and starts to handcuff her. Stop! I did nothing wrong! Why is this happening? Payne proceeds to grab Wubbels and place her under arrest as staff and university security look on in surprise. "Why is he so angry?"

"I felt obligated to release it on behalf of anyone that's ever gone through something like this", Wubbels told CNN.

Salt Lake City police chief Mike Brown said he was "alarmed" by the footage and that an internal affairs investigation had been launched.

The footage shows Wubbels dressed in blue medical scrubs and consulting colleagues for several minutes before presenting waiting officers with a printout of the hospital's policy on sharing blood samples to test for alcohol or drugs.

The police officer put her in a police auto for 20 minutes on 26 July but was later released without any charges.

Karra Porter, Wubbels' lawyer, said the nurse followed the law and the police were wrong.

The bodycam footage shows the police officer becoming irritable, and later aggressive, as Wubbels tries to explain that she couldn't withdraw blood from an unconscious patient because it was not hospital policy.

"I want to see people do the right thing first and I want to see this be a civil discourse", she said. "We're going, we're done, we're done, I said we're done!"

Ms Wubbels said she was "just trying to hold on to anything that was keeping me safe because no one else was keeping me safe".

"I'm a healthcare worker".

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