The University of Utah Hospital, where a nurse was jostled and arrested by cops as she protected the people’s right to the city. The legal rights of the patient have imposed new restrictions on the law for enforcements, including barring contact with the nurse.
The interim chief executive of the hospital, Gordon Crabtree said on Monday at a news conference that he was “deeply troubled” by the arrest and manhandling of nurse Alex Wubbels on July 26. In accord with hospital policy and the law, she had refused to allow a Salt Lake City police officer to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient.
Wubbels obtained a copy of the body cam video of the confrontation and, after consulting her lawyer, the hospital and police officials, released it last week. “This will not happen again,” Crabtree said, praising Wubbels for “putting her own safety at risk” to “protect the rights of patients.” This will guarantee that nurses devote themselves entirely to patient care without interruptions, she said, while other officials deal with police requests.
This will guarantee that nurses devote themselves entirely to patient care without interruptions, she said, while other officials deal with police requests.
The incident took place in Utah hospital, where a nurse refuses to allow a Salt Lake City police officer to take a blood sample from the unconscious patient at the hospital. In order to make him understand that this is against the hospital’s policy, she called the supervisor and put the phone on loudspeaker. The supervisor also tried to make the officer understand that it is against the policy.
The officer argued with her and dragged her outward, shoved her out of the building and cuffed her hands behind her back. A bewildered Wubbels screamed “help me” and “you’re assaulting me” as the detective forced her into an unmarked car and accused her of interfering with an investigation.
Wubbels said. “So it was a little bit of a trigger to say, all right, this is what you need to see. If you’re not willing to see it then I’ll show it to you.”