In the video, Payne can be seen insisting the nurse – Alex Wubbels – to let him draw the blood sample from a patient who was also a victim in a vehicle crash that led to a fatality in Cache County earlier in the day.
Wubbels was working her shift as a charge nurse, or a liaison between patients and doctors and hospital managers, at University Hospital’s Burn Unit when she was handcuffed in the middle of her work area, pulled outside and put into a police patrol auto for about 20 minutes.
When she refused, citing the hospital’s policy, Payne grabbed her arms, marched her out of the hospital and handcuffed her in a disturbing body camera video released during a press conference on Thursday.
Ms Wubbels’ lawyer told the paper she had not filed a lawsuit, but that following discussions with Salt Lake City police, she believed the department would now educate its officers.
I feel a lot of things.
“I can’t sit on this video and not attempt to speak out both to re-educate and inform”, She said, adding police agencies “need to be having conversations about what is appropriate intervention”.
An Utah police’s body camera video demonstrates a healing facility nurture being bound in the wake of declining to draw blood on an oblivious patient.
As he goes to put the nurse in handcuffs, you can hear the nurse shout that she has done nothing wrong.
“University of Utah Health supports Nurse Wubbles and her decision to focus first and foremost on the care and well-being of her patient”, said Suzanne Winchester, U of U Health media relations managers in a statement.
“A blood draw, it just gets thrown around there like it’s some simple thing”. Payne sounds impatient in the video and continues to threaten to arrest her. “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”, she said. He said Payne has been suspended.
At one point, Payne threatened to arrest Wubbels to jail if he doesn’t get the sample.
Porter said Payne argued that he was allowed to take the blood through a process known as “implied consent”.
Salt Lake police Sergeant Brandon Shearer has responded on the incident and said an internal investigation is now underway. The police department has also ordered more training for officers who work with medical providers.