Nurse Arrested for Not Taking Blood

     CHICAGO (CN) – An emergency room nurse says a police officer arrested her for not taking blood from a suspected drunken driver. The nurse says she explained to the officer that the person had to be admitted as a patient before she could take blood.




     Lisa Hofstra says she was the emergency room charge nurse at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago at 4 a.m. on Aug. 1 when a Chicago Police officer, identified only as Rodriguez, requested that she take blood from an arrestee.
     Hofstra says she explained that the patient had to be admitted before she could take blood. That’s when she says the officer slapped handcuffs on her and escorted to a police car in front of her coworkers.
     Hofstra seeks unspecified damages. She is represented by Blake Horwitz in Federal Court with Horwitz Richardson.

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