Arrest of ER nurse prompts new police policy

Oct 12, 2017, 5:46 PM

(SALT LAKE CITY) — Salt Lake City police today unveiled a new policy they hope will help officers and hospital staff avoid problems, like the much publicized arrest of a University of Utah emergency room nurse, who refused to allow a blood draw on an unconscious patient.

Police Chief Mike Brown said the policy does not deal with blood draws specifically, rather, it deals with how police officers interact with hospital staff when they arrive.  The policy involves officers checking-in with nurse supervisors, and speaking with staff if they move to areas outside of the emergency department.

Brown would not specifically say how the case related to the arrest of nurse Alex Wubbles by detective Jeff Payne.  Body camera video, that has circulated around the world, shows Payne arresting Wubbles for not allowing a blood draw on a man who was involved in fatal crash in Cache County.  Brown said there were hurt feelings on both sides after that arrest.  “I’ve always looked to nurses and hospital staff as we’re on the same team here,” Brown said.  “And so this just re-insures and emphasizes a very positive interaction with the hospital.”

The policy was unveiled at a conference of the Utah Nurses Association, who voice full support for the policy, and for Wubbles.  Board Member Aimee McClean says the policy gives nurses assurances, and a plan. “The intent of the plan is that nurses will not leave the hospital in handcuffs,” she said.

Brown said police chiefs from nearly every city in the Salt Lake Valley have looked at and approved that policy. He expects them to adopt it within their own departments.

 

...
Emily Ashmead

ScenicView Academy

Utah has one of the highest rates of autism in the nation, and when people hear the word autism they think of beautiful children who struggle with rigid routines & social interaction. But children with autism will spend the majority of their lives as adults with autism, many of whom struggle to get the support […]
4 months ago
...
Emily Ashmead

Farmers Market

It’s time to support the great farmers markets across Utah. The Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City is nationally recognized and was created in 1992 by the Downtown Alliance and it’s become a summer tradition for residents and visitors. Located in historic Pioneer Park, the Downtown Farmers Market has infused vitality and fresh produce […]
4 months ago
Photo: Adobe Stock...
Emily Ashmead

Bike Helmets

It’s important to stay safe on a bike by always wearing your helmet. This can reduce your risk of head injury as much as 85%. There are a few things to note when properly fitting a helmet. First, make sure you get a helmet that has an ANSI or SNELL label to certify its safety. […]
5 months ago
...
Emily Ashmead

The Goal Foundation – Ogden Marathon

If you’ve ever thought about participating in a race, now is the time because the Ogden Marathon is back! It has been ranked one of the most beautiful races in the world and the best for first-time marathoners. This year you can choose your own experience by racing virtually or in-person on May 21. The […]
5 months ago
...
Emily Ashmead

Street Dawg Crew of Utah

Many of those experiencing homelessness find comfort in having a pet, but sometimes it can be difficult to provide food or vet services to those animals. Street Dawg Crew of Utah offers free pet food and supplies, promotes positive and responsible pet ownership, and identifies and provides low-cost pet resources. Pets not only act as […]
5 months ago
...
Emily Ashmead

Saddle of Love

Saddle of Love is a therapeutic ranch where participants ride and bond with horses using equine assisted psychotherapy. They serve youth, young adults, and families struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other indications leading to suicide ideation. They partner with horses to explore self-awareness, connection, confidence, and to gain new perspectives. A connection with animals […]
5 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Prescription opioid...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Arrest of ER nurse prompts new police policy