Video RN screaming, dragged into police car d/t refused blood draw on unconscious patient!

  1. July 31 2017, guy fleeing police crosses median and slams into truck and dies. The truck catches fire severely burning the innocent driver, Mr. Gray, who was taken to SLC University. Police later showed up demanding to the UNCONSCIOUS innocent patient's blood. RN Alex shows them the policy requiring consent, arrest, or a warrant. Hospital administration back up RN Alex. Police aggressively arrest RN Alex and removes her from the hospital. Officer body cam insanity released today:



    NEWSPAPER ARTICLE:
    Video shows Utah nurse screaming, being dragged into police car after refusing to let officer take blood from unconscious victim - The Salt Lake Tribune

    Long video body cam: Nurse shares police video of 'crazy' arrest by S.L. officer I Deseret News - YouTube

    In this video, the aggressive officer can be heard saying that he will ensure all the "transients" are brought to this hospitals ED since they won't cooperate after being told the administrators and privacy officer are on their way.

    Original Crash (graphic): Police Dash Cam Fatal Head on Collision Utah Highway Patrol - YouTube

    Interesting note about Alex, she was a 2x Olympian, US Ski Team member, and national champion is Slalom and GS.
    Last edit by Brian S. on Sep 1
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  2. 369 Comments

  3. by   xhsx
    A nurse says she was assaulted and illegally arrested by a Salt Lake City police detective for following a hospital policy that does not allow blood draws from unconscious patients.

    Video shows Utah nurse screaming, being dragged into police car after refusing to let officer take blood from unconscious victim - The Salt Lake Tribune

    What kind of world are we living in that we're at risk for being arrested for doing the right thing? I'm wondering why no management or supervisors stepped in for this situation. This is not my home state, but I'm pretty sure that the law is the same when it comes to consent. Anyone else able to shed some light on this situation? This is terrible that she was treated that way. I can't imagine.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
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  5. by   AtomicWoman
    I just read this story in the Washington Post and it horrified me. That nurse was doing exactly what we are all taught to do: protect the patient. She was exactly right and knew the law, unlike the police. I came to AN to express my support for her. I'd call her "my hero" (and she is), but I'll bet she would say she was just doing her job. Sister, we nurses have your back. This is an outrage!
  6. by   MJB2010
    I expected this to be all over the message boards. Anyone else following this story? I hope the hospital has her back and I am wondering if the facility is covering her legal expense.
  7. by   Pepper The Cat
    What is a SLC nurse?
  8. by   HyzenthlayLPN
    SLC= Salt Lake City
    'This is crazy': Nurse arrested for doing her job

    The police were trying to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient who was involved in a MVC. She explained to the officers that unless they had a warrant, the patient was under arrest, or the patient gave consent, she could not allow them to draw blood from the patient. The officers arrested her.
  9. by   CoffeeRTC
    I would love to hear responses from the law enforcement side. This is just so crazy!
  10. by   llg
    The brief story I read online implied that the hospital security people did nothing at the time to help her. I hate to say it ... but if I were her, I'd be talking to an attorney and preparing for a couple of lawsuits -- against the police AND against the hospital that didn't help her. (unless those people step up "big time" now)
  11. by   Wuzzie
    I'm not particularly litigious but I would sooooo get an attorney!!!!
  12. by   RNNPICU
    Great job to her for being an advocate for the patient and ensuring the policy is adhered to. Her leadersip and attention to details and due process is amazing.
    From the article it does appear that her employer has her back, at least I hope so.

    She is right, an unconsious patient still has rights
  13. by   paisling
    Quote from xhsx
    A nurse says she was assaulted and illegally arrested by a Salt Lake City police detective for following a hospital policy that does not allow blood draws from unconscious patients.

    Video shows Utah nurse screaming, being dragged into police car after refusing to let officer take blood from unconscious victim - The Salt Lake Tribune

    What kind of world are we living in that we're at risk for being arrested for doing the right thing? I'm wondering why no management or supervisors stepped in for this situation. This is not my home state, but I'm pretty sure that the law is the same when it comes to consent. Anyone else able to shed some light on this situation? This is terrible that she was treated that way. I can't imagine.

    In the video you can hear her on the phone with her supervisor - he backs her up verbally and then tells the police officer that he shouldn't threaten a nurse, which is when the police officer totally freaks out.

    Not sure why no one else stepped in (physically). Perhaps they were worried about potentially escalated the situation further?
  14. by   Lil Nel
    It is a complete outrage. The offending police officer has been removed from the blood collection unit (according to the Washington Post article), but he is not FIRED or even on administrative leave.

    Watching this video, it is no wonder to me why the general public doesn't trust interactions with police officers. When they rough up and arrest a nurse who is simply doing her job under the LAW, why should anybody trust the cops?

    The WP article also said the nurse hasn't decided yet as to whether or not take legal action against the Salt Lake City PD. I hope she does. This individual police officer needs to learn a lesson and get a refresher course in his job duties.

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