The patient was not under arrest or suspected of wrongdoing. Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown has since apologised and fired Detective Payne after an internal investigation found he violated department policies.
The officer, who did not have a warrant or consent, dragged the nurse outside and handcuffed her as she screamed: "Help! Chief Brown said in a disciplinary letter that he was "deeply troubled" by the officer's conduct, which he said brought "significant disrepute" on the department.
“This will not happen again,” Crabtree said, praising Wubbels for “putting her own safety at risk” to “protect the rights of patients.” Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer for the University of Utah hospital system, said she was “appalled” by the officer's actions and has already implemented changes in hospital protocol to avoid any repetition.
Ms Wubbels was following hospital policy when she told Detective Payne he needed he needed a warrant or the consent of the patient to draw blood after a 26 July car crash. University of Utah hospital officials said in a statement they supported Ms Wubbels and have changed their procedures and training on how police and healthcare workers interact.“The conversations I had with the Salt Lake City police initially were progressive, they wanted to walk down a path of positive change.But I did not have that same response from the university police and the university security,” Wubbels said.The hospital and the law in Utah and nationwide require police to have a warrant or permission from the patient to draw a blood sample in such circumstances. After Wubbels politely and repeatedly read hospital policy to him and had a supervisor back her up on a speakerphone connection, Payne snapped.He seized hold of the nurse, shoved her out of the building and cuffed her hands behind her back. Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 #Stencil . Bdend-1g /* Trending Now */ /* Center Rail */ #ya-center-rail .profile-banner-default .ya-ba-title #Stencil . Bgc-lgr #ya-best-answer, #ya-qpage-msg, #ya-question-detail, li.ya-other-answer .tupwrap .comment-text /* Right Rail */ #Stencil . Bxsh-003-prpl #yai-q-answer, #ya-trending, #ya-related-questions h2. Fw-300 .qstn-title #ya-trending-questions-show-more, #ya-related-questions-show-more #ya-trending-questions-more, #ya-related-questions-more /* DMROS */ .“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.” Wubbels told , Wubbels said she felt betrayed by both Salt Lake City police and university security.In addition, officers will have to deal with “house supervisors” instead of nurses when they have a request.This will guarantee that nurses devote themselves entirely to patient care without interruptions, she said, while other officials deal with police requests.