Police No Longer Allowed to Interact With Nurses at Utah Hospital

After a video showing a police officer roughing up and arresting a nurse — who, following hospital protocol, refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient — went viral, sparking widespread outrage, a “Utah hospital said its nurses will no longer be allowed to interact with law enforcement agents.”

“I need to make sure this never, ever, ever happens to another one of our care providers again,” said Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer at the University of Utah Hospital.

The decision follows the arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels after she refused to let police officers draw blood from an unconscious crash victim. The July 26 arrest was captured on body-cam video and has prompted apologies from Salt Lake City’s mayor and police.

The new hospital protocol was announced Monday by Pearce, hospital leadership and the university’s police chief during a news conference.

In future, “law enforcement officers will be directed to health supervisors ‘who are highly trained on rules and laws,’ and those interactions won’t take place in patient care areas, officials said.”