SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Fallout continues over the arrest of an on-duty Utah nurse last week.
A nurse with University of Utah Hospital’s Burn Unit, Alex Wubbel, was arrested after she refused a police blood draw request. Wubbels and hospital officials say she was following protocol and consent laws regarding drawing blood from an unconscious patient.
An officer involved, Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne was fired by his part-time employer, Gold Cross Ambulance. Payne worked for Gold Cross as a paramedic.
Gold Cross Ambulance released the following statement Tuesday:
“Although Jeff was not working for Gold Cross Ambulance at the time of the incident, we take his inappropriate remarks regarding patient transports seriously.We acknowledge those concerned individuals who have contacted us regarding this incident and affirm our commitment to serving all members of the community with kindness and respect. We will continue to maintain our values of outstanding patient focused care, safety, and the complete trust of the communities we serve.”
Payne and another officer were placed on administrative leave with the Salt Lake City Police Department after a criminal investigation was launched due to the incident. The incident prompted public apologies from Chief of Police Mike Brown and Mayor Jackie Biskupski.
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