Administrators with University of Utah Hospital and the U’s Department of Public Safety held a press conference Monday, Sept. 4 to express support for Alex Wubbels, a nurse in the hospital’s burn unit who was threatened with arrest after refusing to allow a Salt Lake City police officer to draw blood from a patient. Administrators commended Wubbels' commitment and professionalism in following hospital procedures and protocols and putting her patient’s best interests ahead of her own during the stressful situation.
At the press conference, administrators also shared information about actions undertaken immediately following the July 26 incident, including adoption of a new policy designed to protect nurses and other patient care staff and prevent such interactions from occurring in the future.
Below are prepared remarks from the press conference and video statements shared with hospital staff.
Gordon Crabtree, CEO, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
Dale Brophy, chief, University of Utah Department of Public Safety
Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer, University of Utah Hospital
- First, it takes our front-line patient care staff out of the equation so they can remain focused on the most important thing — taking care of patients.
- Second, it prevents any future disputes from taking place directly in patient care units, which is never acceptable.
- Third, it limits the number of individuals to a small group of highly trained people whose specific job will be to work through these issues.