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Daily Dashboard | Nurse arrested while protecting patient privacy Related reading: Web con: Privacy and Goodwill


An argument between local police and a Utah nurse defending her patient’s rights was caught on a police body camera and is now the subject of an internal investigation by the police department, The Washington Post reports. The nurse, Alex Wubbels, refused to allow Detective Jeff Payne to collect a blood sample from an unconscious patient without consent or probable cause and a warrant. The report states Wubbels was right to defend her patient’s inability to give consent, considering both Utah state law and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that “blood can only be drawn from drivers for probable cause.” Payne’s lieutenant ordered him to arrest Wubbels if she refused to let him draw a sample, which he proceeded to do.
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  • comment Henk Kluvers • Sep 1, 2017
    Here's one real privacy hero.
    As a member of IAPP I vote to give her the annual privacy protection award!
  • comment Peter Kanyion • Sep 3, 2017
    I highly support the preceding statement by Henk Kluvers. The nurse showed great confidence in her understanding and judgement of the privacy ramifications, remaining resolute in her opposition to the request.