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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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Pediatric ER open to public – Valley morning Star

HARLINGEN Super heroes, magicians, and colorful decorations set the scene last week for the unveiling of Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingens newest offering in its commitment to providing comprehensive pediatric healthcare to the community.

During the Valley Baptist-Harlingen Pediatric Emergency Ribbon Cutting event on Friday, August 4, hospital leadership with the help of government officials and the local area chamber of commerce shared the opening of the new dedicated, 12-bed pediatric unit with the community.

While adults toured the unit, children were treated to a bevy of activities, including magic shows, live science experiments, photos with their favorite super heroes, and tasty treats and snacks.

At Valley Baptist, we have had the privilege to serve the children of the Rio Grande Valley since 1925, and over the years we have added services to help meet the needs of our littlest patients, said Valley Baptist Health System CEO Manny Vela. To that mix, we now add the only dedicated, hospital-based Pediatric Emergency Room. We designed this 12-bed unit for families, and look forward to serving yours should they need emergency care.

Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell said new services provided by Valley Baptist-Harlingen will continue to benefit the community and improve the quality of life for local residents.

The continual improvement of Valley Baptist healthcare through the development of this new pediatric emergency room is an indicator of the great quality of life that we have in our community, Boswell said.

Harlingen resident and parent Jim Young said the new Pediatric Emergency Room should help put parents and young patients at ease during trips to the hospital.

Its important for parents to have a place that theyre confident in when their little one is sick or when an accident happens, because that can be a traumatic experience, he said.

Vela said the new Pediatric Emergency Room will help Valley Baptist-Harlingen achieve its goal of making sure local residents do not have to leave their community to receive quality healthcare.

One of our goals at Valley Baptist-Harlingen and Valley Baptist-Brownsville is to be differentiators in regard to the service lines that we offer. Even so, it goes deeper than that. Our goal is to offer services so that members of our community do not have to go north to receive any treatment whatsoever, he said. Were chipping away at that in a very deliberate and progressive way, and this is just one more example of how we continue in Cameron County to offer an outstanding level of care to our pediatric community. The Pediatric Emergency Room is a continuation of our commitment to our youngest residents.

Dr. Betzaida Gonzalez, Valley Baptist Emergency Room Medical Director, said upgrades like the Pediatric Emergency Room show a continued focus on expanding services at Valley Baptist-Harlingen.

This Pediatric Emergency Room is specific to the needs and concerns of children and their caretakers. Children will receive specialized attention during emergent situations that will allow parents to find comfort in the quality of the care their children are receiving, she said. Being able to provide these specialized services to the residents of our community shows commitment to the peace of mind and advancement of emergency care for our children.

According to U.S. Census Bureau reports from 2016, more than 31 percent of the population in Cameron County was younger than 18 years old. Caring for such a large portion of the community is what makes the Pediatric Emergency Room project so critical to providing quality healthcare, said Alan Johnson, Valley Baptist Board of Trustees Chairman.

This is something that has been needed for a long, long time, he said. We all know that we have a very young population here in the Valley, and thats all the more reason to open this unit. This is something that we need to take care of the young people in our community.

Now open, the Pediatric Emergency Room adds to the comprehensive pediatric care offered at Valley Baptist-Harlingen. In addition to offering the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Harlingen, Valley Baptist-Harlingen also offers high-quality healthcare at the Matt & Patty Gorges Childrens Center.

The center, which is filled with colorful artwork and bright dcor to help raise childrens spirits during their stay, also includes a 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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PeaceHealth Emergency Department sees uptick in heat & smoke-related illnesses – KVAL

PeaceHealth Riverbend is seeing a spike in emergency room patients from heat and smoke-related illnesses. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Thanks to triple-digit temperatures and unhealthy air quality, PeaceHealth Riverbend is seeing a spike in emergency room patients.

“I went outside and tried to do a couple things, and here I am,” patient Bobby Eaton said. “Wednesday I went outside just for a little while and I came in the house. My wife says, ‘You don’t look so good,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m having troubles breathing.'”

Eaton has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which obstructs his lungs.

“It’s never gotten this bad where I’ve had to come to the hospital. This is the worst it’s ever been for me,” he said.

Emergency Department Registered Nurse Teresa Wilson says she’s seeing a lot of patients with breathing problems this week.

“With the hot air stagnating with the increased pollen we have, as well as the smoke, it’s just a really bad kind of trifecta that’s happening to people with respiratory distress,” she said.

She’s also seeing more cases of dehydration: “The heat over the past couple days was all it took. A lot of people don’t have air conditioning, a lot of people don’t pare back their activities just because it’s 104 outside; they don’t realize their vulnerabilities.”

The Emergency Department is much busier than usual.

“It would be like when we have the flu season. You can have the flu season come and it was very very busy in January. This isn’t the flu but it is a situation where the environment is affecting someone’s health,” Wilson said. “Probably about a thirty percent increase of people coming into the ED, but more importantly, requiring admission. Whereas before they might have been able to get treated and go home.”

Just like Eaton, who’s been there for several days: “It eventually will get better but I’m just gonna have to be more cautious about what the hell is going on outside with this weather ya know.”

Wilson says everyone should pay attention to the conditions, drink water and limit time outside when it’s smokey.

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Valley Baptist-Harlingen Pediatric ER set to open – Valley morning Star

HARLINGEN Demonstrating its commitment to providing quality and comprehensive healthcare to the community, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingens new Pediatric Emergency Room will open to receive patients on Monday, August 7.

The new, specialized unit within Valley Baptist-Harlingens existing Emergency Room will feature 12 dedicated pediatric beds in a pediatric-friendly environment designed to provide a more comfortable and secure setting for pediatric patients.

This Pediatric Emergency Room will include features designed for maximum safety and security specifically for children. Valley Baptist-Harlingen has been a leader in pediatric care in Cameron County. We have the only Pediatric ICU in the county, as well as the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and only Pediatrics Department in Harlingen, said Valley Baptist Health System CEO Manny Vela.

Work on the Pediatric Emergency Room began in March and was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony on March 13. During the event, hospital leadership joined Valley Baptist Board of Trustees members in rolling a variety of pastel paints chosen as part of the dcor for the new unit on a wall in hospitals Emergency Room.

Vela said the new Pediatric Emergency Room will help Valley Baptist-Harlingen achieve its goal of making sure local residents do not have to leave their community to receive quality healthcare.

One of our goals at Valley Baptist-Harlingen and Valley Baptist-Brownsville is to be differentiators in regard to the service lines that we offer. Even so, it goes deeper than that. Our goal is to offer services so that members of our community do not have to go north to receive any treatment whatsoever, he said. Were chipping away at that in a very deliberate and progressive way, and this is just one more example of how we continue in Cameron County to offer an outstanding level of care to our pediatric community. The Pediatric Emergency Room is a continuation of our commitment to our youngest residents.

Dr. David Sauceda, Chief of Pediatrics at Valley Baptist-Harlingen, said that providing a safe and separate area for children to receive emergency care demonstrates the hospitals commitment to area children.

Our children deserve their own space for emergency care, and we look forward to serving the community, he said.

Dr. Betzaida Gonzalez, Valley Baptist Emergency Room Medical Director, said upgrades like the Pediatric Emergency Room show a continued focus on expanding services at Valley Baptist-Harlingen.

This Pediatric Emergency Room is specific to the needs and concerns of children and their caretakers. Children will receive specialized attention during emergent situations that will allow parents to find comfort in the quality of the care their children are receiving, she said. Being able to provide these specialized services to the residents of our community shows commitment to the peace of mind and advancement of emergency care for our children.

According to U.S. Census Bureau reports from 2016, more than 31 percent of the population in Cameron County was younger than 18 years old. Caring for such a large portion of the community is what makes the Pediatric Emergency Room project so critical to providing quality healthcare, said Alan Johnson, Valley Baptist Board of Trustees Chairman.

This is something that has been needed for a long, long time, he said. We all know that we have a very young population here in the Valley, and thats all the more reason to open this unit. This is something that we need to take care of the young people in our community.

Once open, the Pediatric Emergency Room will add to the comprehensive pediatric care offered at Valley Baptist-Harlingen.

In addition to offering the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Harlingen, Valley Baptist-Harlingen also offers high-quality healthcare at the Matt & Patty Gorges Childrens Center.

The center, which is filled with colorful artwork and bright dcor to help raise childrens spirits during their stay, also includes a 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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