Utah nurse arrested after refusing cop to take blood from unconscious patient

Ruth Doherty

Police body camera footage shows the arrest of a nurse at Utah University Hospital after she explained to an officer that he could not take blood from an unconscious patient without a warrant.

The footage, from July 26, shows nurse Alex Wubbels explaining to the officer that the hospital could only allow police to take blood from a patient in cases where they are under arrest, have given consent, or when a warrant is issued.

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The patient was involved in a collision with a car fleeing police, the Salt Lake Tribune said, but was not suspected of wrongdoing. The driver of the fleeing car was killed.

The footage shows Wubbels explaining the policy to Det Jeff Payne. She also consults with other hospital officials, one of whom is heard speaking on a phone saying, to Payne, "You're making a huge mistake."

The detective then cuffs Wubbels and, as she protests loudly, drags her from the building. She shouts: "Help! Help! Somebody help me! Stop! Stop! I did nothing wrong!"

A police source said that the department was conducting an internal investigation over the incident and that Payne had been suspended from the department's blood-draw programme, but remained on duty.

Wubbels was not charged. She told a local Fox affiliate that she would consider a lawsuit if changes were not made to improve relations between medical providers and law enforcement.