Are you really going to arrest an ED nurse?

I also thought of titling this post, “What would Fonzie do?” but that seems like a pretty dated reference. Or perhaps “How would Barney Stinson have played this situation?”

Detective Jeff Payne, a Utah police officer and paramedic since 1983, became a viral news sensation when he handcuffed an emergency department nurse who refused to let him draw blood on an unconscious patient. Payne has since been fired from Gold Cross Ambulance and is on paid leave as the Salt Lake City Police Department investigates the incident.

Do you have a plan for what to do when one of your EMS or public safety colleagues loses their cool on a scene? You have probably seen it happen or will someday. Here are my ideas on what to do in a new EMS1 article.

What to do when an emergency responder loses their cool

Art Hsieh also has some great points about this incident in his article, Arrested for doing your job: Fallout from the arrest of a Utah nurse.


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.