November 3, 2017

Around the nation: Utah nurse settles arrest case for $500K

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    Alex Wubbels was arrested after acting in line with the hospital's policy on refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

    • Kansas: After five years of construction, the University of Kansas Health System next week will open a new patient tower. The $360 million, 11-story tower will be used for oncology patients and ear, nose, and throat patients. The tower will also house a new neurosurgery OR (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/1).

    • Pennsylvania: The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC) is moving forward on plans to transform a historic building into a cancer researcher center. The 350,000-square-foot facility—a former Ford Motors assembly line—will house a business incubator where scientists and entrepreneurs can collaborate to commercialize research (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/1).

    • Utah: A nurse who was arrested in July after refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient has settled with Salt Lake City and the University of Utah for $500,000. In the incident, nurse Alex Wubbels told the police officer who asked her to draw blood from an unconscious patient that, per the hospital's policy, she could not draw blood without the patient's consent if the patient was not under arrest. The officer then arrested Wubbels. Wubbels plans to make a donation to the Utah Nurses Association and help lead the American Nurses Association's #EndNurseAbuse campaign (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/1; Wamsley, "The Two-Way," NPR, 11/1).  

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