Nurse arrested after refusing to draw blood from unconscious patient

Posted September 04, 2017

The images captured by police body cameras and the University Hospital in Salt Lake City show Alex Wubbels screaming for help as she is manhandled out of the medical center and handcuffed.

He is then seen forcing her wrists into handcuffs before dragging her to the back of the patrol auto. The supervisor then told the officer he was "making a huge mistake".

Wubbels, however, said she was just doing her job.

"This is something that you guys agreed to with this hospital...that three things that allow us to do that are if you have an electronic warrant, patient's consent or the patient under arrest". The officers didn't have either.

"As the videos and news accounts make clear, there is no excuse for this assault or her arrest, which sends a chilling message about the safety of nurses and the rights of patients", Jean Ross, co-president of the union, said in a release.

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The patient, William Gray, is a semi-truck driver who was hit by a pickup truck trying to flee from the police.

"No, we're done", Payne says abruptly.

Wubbels said the outpouring of support she had received since releasing dramatic video of the exchange was beyond what she could have imagined.

A Salt Lake City police detective was placed on administrative leave after he arrested a nurse who refused to do a blood draw on a patient in the hospital.

One officer, identified in media reports as detective Jeff Payne, becomes angered and grabs at Wubbels.

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"I was alarmed by what I saw in the video with our officer and Ms. (Wubbels). That's your property. And when a patient comes in in a critical state, that blood is extremely important and I don't take it lightly".

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski called the incident "completely unacceptable" and extended an apology to Wubbels for her ordeal. Payne is still on active duty with the department, but Shearer said he has been suspended from the blood draw program and an active internal investigation is underway.

"She was rightfully afraid of her well-being", said Porter.

Wubbels, the charge nurse in the burn unit, presented the officers with a printout of hospital policy on drawing blood and said their request did not meet the criteria.

"We have a really strong tie to the nurses that we work with".

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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill called the police chief to insure an investigation will take place after this concerning incident.