By Kate Willet
Earlier this year, a Utah nurse, Alex Wubbels, was arrested for refusing to allow a law enforcement officer to draw blood from an unconscious patient. State and federal laws prohibited her from allowing a law enforcement officer to draw blood without a warrant or patient consent, but the officer proceeded to handcuff her for refusing to honor his request.
Alex Wubbels was correct about the patient privacy laws she cited to protect her patient, and has since reached a $500,000 settlement with Salt Lake City and the Utah University hospital where she was employed. The Salt Lake City police department fired the arresting officer. [Read more…]