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Video Shows Utah Nurse Handcuffed After Refusing to Draw Patient’s Blood – New York Times

She took a few steps back and screamed, Somebody help me! as Officer Payne pushed her through two sets of doors out of the emergency room and outdoors, twisted her so she was partly facing a wall and placed her in handcuffs.

Excerpts from the video, which came to light at a news conference by Ms. Wubbels and her lawyer on Thursday, gained widespread attention.

The video led to apologies from the mayor of Salt Lake City, Jackie Biskupski, and the police chief, Mike Brown, on Friday and an outpouring of support for Ms. Wubbels, 41. Investigations by the Police Departments Internal Affairs unit and the citys Civilian Review Board are also underway, the mayor said in a statement.

These are officers of the peace, Ms. Wubbels said in an interview on Friday. There was nothing peaceful about this incident.

The episode unfolded on July 26 as the Salt Lake City police were helping another police department in an investigation of a driver who had crashed into another vehicle while fleeing the police. The fleeing driver was killed, according to a report filed by Officer Payne, and the other driver was flown to Utah Hospital.

Officer Payne wrote that he was seeking to draw blood from the patient to check if he had any chemical substances in his system at the time of the crash, though it was not clear why.

He wrote that he spoke with Ms. Wubbels, who was the nurse in charge in the burn unit, and tried to explain the exigent circumstances of the request.

The confrontation intensified as they headed to the emergency room from the burn unit upstairs.

Im just being told what to do by my entire hospital, she said, referring to her administrators.

Officer Payne responded, And Im being told what to do by my boss, and Im going to do what my boss says.

Officer Payne could not be reached on Friday. Chief Brown said in a statement on Friday that he was alarmed by the video.

I want to be clear, we take this very seriously, he said, adding, Within 24 hours of this incident, Salt Lake City Police Department took steps to ensure this will never happen again.

The chief said that Officer Payne had been suspended from the blood draw program, in which officers are trained as phlebotomists to take blood samples, and that a new policy had been put in place. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Officer Payne remained on duty with the Police Department.

Ms. Wubbels, a nurse at the hospital since 2009, said she was adhering to hospital policies and the law. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the police do not have the right to draw blood in drunken-driving investigations without a warrant.

It wasnt like she decided she was a constitutional scholar, her lawyer, Karra J. Porter, said in an interview on Friday.

No charges were filed against Ms. Wubbels, who was in handcuffs for about 20 minutes before being released. Ms. Wubbels said she wanted to use the episode to educate medical professionals and the police and to open a civic dialogue.

University of Utah Health, which runs the hospital, supports Ms. Wubbels and is proud of her decision to focus first and foremost on the care and well-being of her patient, Kathy Wilets, a spokeswoman, said in an email. She followed procedures and protocols in this matter and was acting in her patients best interest.

Ms. Biskupski said that efforts to get the police to increase the use of de-escalation techniques have been successful but that this incident is a troubling setback.

Robert J. Louden, a retired chief hostage negotiator with the New York Police Department and a professor emeritus of criminal justice and homeland security at Georgian Court University in New Jersey, watched the video and said in an interview on Friday that Ms. Wubbels was an absolute professional.

Officer Payne was 100 percent not correct, he said, adding, It seems to me hes in need of an attitude adjustment.

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Medical Monday-When to go to the Emergency Room vs. Your Primary Care Physician – WAGM

When youre sick, its hard enough to function, much less try and decide where to go to see a doctor. Pines Health Services is sending out pamphlets to help with Cary Medical Centers overcrowded emergency room.

“The ER is extremely busy. Every single bed I think even the hallways are full. Patients are in the waiting room that might be able to be seen here so we really can take away the wait time in the ER making it more convenient for the patient,” said RN Practice Manager Libby Gardner.

To help with overcrowding, Pines health services is educating the community on when to see a primary care physician or head to the Emergency room.

“So we sent out five thousand mailers today to community members just stating the differences for where they should seek treatment,” said Gardner.

The pamphlet includes when to see your primary care physician including sprains, sports injuries, and even getting a pregnancy test.

“The reason that were doing this is because weve seen an influx of patients going to the ER seeking treatment there rather than coming here to see a primary care provider. Seeing increase wait times, costs, those kinds of things when were readily available to help here,” said Gardner.

But if youre experiencing a symptom with more severity Gardner says you should be going to the emergency room.

“If someone is experiencing some chest pain, numbness on one side of the body, those are signs of a much more severe condition and they should seek expert advice in the emergency department,” said Gardner.

Gardner also says you could be saving money if you see your primary doctor rather than heading to the ER.

“If you come to your primary care physician depending on the insurance that you have or copay. If you go to the emergency department you might have a copay thats 5 times as high than coming to the office,” said Gardner.

In order to encourage patients to come in to see their primary care physicians Gardner says the staff at pines health does their best to see their patients as soon as possible.

“We strive to be able to get our own patients in the very same day that they are calling with their needs. Although they may not see their own primary care provider we have a team of providers ready to help who have access to a patient’s medical records making it a safe, smoother transition for the patient,” said Gardner.

And when in doubt, call your physician to determine where you should go.

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New ER used in training film – Journal Review

Franciscan Health Crawfordsville employees took advantage of a new, but empty emergency room on Monday to film an educational video depicting what happens when someone has a stroke. The video is being made to help educate the public on what happens when someone has a stroke from the initial symptoms through treatment at the local emergency room.

Carol Briley, stroke coordinator, wanted the video to be as accurate as possible before the new emergency room is opened for patients at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

We want the public to see and hear what a stroke is, Briley said. This video is for educational purposes only.

Carolyn Ronco, who suffered a stroke in 2001 and is now fully recovered, volunteered to be the patient for the video.

Filming for the video began July 15 at the Montgomery County 4-H Fair. The opening scene depicts Ronco becoming ill while at the fair. Next she is seen being loaded into a S.T.A.R. Ambulance by John Staggs and Dustin Miller and transported to the local hospital.

Once at the hospital, doctors discover the patient has lost physical functions on the left side of her body. This is what Ronco experienced 16 years ago.

Staggs and Miller wheel Ronco into the emergency room and there doctors discover the patient has lost physical functions on the left side of her body. This is what Ronco experienced 16 years ago.

As the film continues, viewers will see how a stroke is diagnosed and how quickly hospital staff administer treatment. A quick response is essential to improve a stroke patients chances of fully recovering.

When complete, the video will be available for viewing on YouTube.

The public is invited to an open house 4:30-7 p.m. today to see the new emergency room. Hospital staff will greet the public to help answer questions about the new $18 million facility. The old emergency room will be used until the new one opens at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

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