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A Utah nurse was dragged, handcuffed and arrested after refusing to take blood sample from unconscious patient

Wubbels told Payne that blood sample from an unconscious patient cannot be taken without a warrant, under arrest or patient consents.

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A nurse was illegally arrested and assaulted by a police detective from Salt Lake City, being a nurse she was just following the policy of the hospital, she refused the police detective to draw blood from the unconscious patient as it is against hospital policy.

A video footage has been out from University Hospital that shows nurse Alex Wubbels and Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Payne. The clip featuring Payne insisting to get a blood sample from a seriously injured patient, the patient had been injured in an accident in northern Utah on July 26 in which the another had died.

Wubbels told Payne that blood sample from an unconscious patient cannot be taken without a warrant, under arrest or patient consents. Taking a blood sample with all these requirements is not only against the hospital’s policy but it is also against the basic constitutional rule.

Payne insisted to take a blood sample and also tried to threatened Wubbels, in the video he was saying that the nurse will be charged and would be arrested if she refused to allow him to take blood.

Wubbels called her supervisor and put the phone on the loud speaker, the supervisor said: “Sir, you’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse.”

When Wubbels repeatedly refused him to take the sample in the name of hospital policy Payne pulls her arms, grabs her and tells her that she is under arrest. He pulls her arms behind her back and puts handcuffs in her hands, the footage clearly shows how Payne dragged her out of the hospital and take her inside the patrol car.

Payne says, “I either go away with blood in vials or body in tow.”

When Payne was handcuffing Wubbels she was screaming and asking for help, she says, “Help! Help! Somebody help me! Stop! Stop! I did nothing wrong!”

Payne says, “I’ll bring them all the transients and take good patients elsewhere.”
Wubbels has not charged for anything, she has watched that footage for 4-5 times, she said, “It hurts to relive it.”

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