“Betrayed, Angry, Confused”: Utah Nurse Describes Being Handcuffed for Refusing Police Blood Sample Request from Unconscious Patient

September 6, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​A police body-camera video that shows a detective handcuffing and removing a nurse from the burn unit of a Salt Lake City hospital highlights the tension-filled role of law enforcement officers in hospitals, according to a September 2, 2017, Washington Post article. The July 26, 2017, incident, captured in a 19-minute video, arose when the detective sought a blood sample from a burn unit patient. The nurse denied his request, noting that he did not have a warrant for the sample. The detective pressed the issue, acknowledging to the officer wearing the body camera that probable cause to procure a warrant was lacking. After showing the detective the hospital policy requiring a warrant for blood to be drawn without the patient's consent, the nurse contacted her supervisor, who (by speakerphone) reiterated the policy to the detective.

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