SALT LAKE CITY University Hospital has made public a new policy for medical staff dealing with police officers.

The new arrangement results from a July 26 incident when nurse Alex Wubbels wouldn’t allow a Salt Lake police officer to draw blood from an unconscious patient without a warrant and was subsequently arrested and removed from her post at the hospital.

“Our nurse was dutifully following the appropriate, detailed organizational process to protect her patient, and we are incredibly proud of her actions,” said U. Hospitals and Clinics CEO Gordon Crabtree and University of Utah Health chief nursing officer Margaret Pearce in a written statement.

Pearce said she “promised Alex I would do everything in my power to prevent something like this from happening again.”

Wubbels had refused to allow detective Jeff Payne to take blood from an unconscious patient who had been in an explosive vehicle accident in Cache County earlier that day.

According to police body cam footage, Wubbels had told Payne the patient wasn’t under arrest, didn’t have a warrant to obtain blood and that an unconscious patient could not consent to the procedure. Payne arrested Wubbels on order of his watch commander, Lt. James Tracy.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News

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