Sexual Assault Kit Collection in the Emergency Department
Cher Durham, BS, BSN, RN, TCRN, SANE; Jennifer Farmer, BSN, RN, CPEN, CPN, SANE-P
- Sigma Affiliation
Visits vs Downloads
Visitors - World Map
Top Visiting Countries
Top Visiting Cities
Visits (last 6 months)
Downloads (last 6 months)
Popular Works for Durham, Cher by View
Popular Works for Durham, Cher by Download
Session B presented Thursday, September 14, 2017
Purpose: Traditionally emergency department nurses have received little to no training on collection of forensic evidence and care of the victim of sexual assault. While it is best practice for SANE (sexual assault nurse examiners) to facilitate care for this patient populaion in the emergency department setting, many communities lack these expert nurses. In these communities the responsibility of evidence collection and care of a sexual assault victim falls on the emergency department nurse. Historically care given by nurses without specialty training has left victims of sexual assault feeling re-victimized.
Design: As a performance improvement initiative, a simple one hour educational course was developed by an experienced SANE nurse on the fundamentals of trauma based care of the sexual assault victim and forensic evidence collection.
Setting: Urban Level 1 Trauma Center approximately 110,000 visits annually.
Participants/Subjects: All emergency department registered nurses were required to attend this educational course as part of their yearly competency. This was more than 300 nurses in all.
Methods: Hands on training with the North Carolina State Sexual Assault Kit. Powerpoint presentation on best practices. Case scenarios with peer participation. Surveys of nurse's perceived benefits after completion of this course.
Results/Outcomes: Survey results concluded that all nurses perceived benefits to being educated on the fundamentals of forensic evidence collection. Performance improvement quantitative measures for patient satisfaction still pending.
Implications: Recommend standardization of education on the foundations of trauma based care for victims of sexual assault and forensic evidence collection.
|Review Type||Abstract Review Only: Reviewed by Event Host|
|Keywords||Sexual Assault Kit;
All rights reserved by the author(s) and/or publisher(s) listed in this item record unless relinquished in whole or part by a rights notation or a Creative Commons License present in this item record.
All permission requests should be directed accordingly and not to the Sigma Repository.
All submitting authors or publishers have affirmed that when using material in their work where they do not own copyright, they have obtained permission of the copyright holder prior to submission and the rights holder has been acknowledged as necessary.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subjects.
Valentine, Julie; Miles, Leslie W.This presentation provides information on DNA analysis findings of over 2,500 sexual assault kits and interdisciplinary policy and practice implications of findings for evidence collection and DNA analysis.
Ciccone, KellyThis quality improvement project answered the following question: Does implementation of sexual assault forensic examination protocols with educational training increase the number of staff who are knowledgeable and ...
Sexual Assault Evidence Kits: Interprofessional Research on Submission Rates and Implications on Practice Valentine, Julie (2017-07-27)This presentation shares findings from an interprofessional research study linking forensic nurses and scientists in exploring the submission rates of sexual assault kits and their predicting variables, and the impact of ...
Improving provider confidence and knowledge of sexual assault treatment through education and guideline implementation Sabatino, TeraSexual assault is a pervasive public health concern that disproportionately affects women and can have long-term effects in every aspect of a woman’s life (Nathan & Ferrara, 2020). While acute treatment of ...
Shipley, Sarah; Wallis, Frankie; Lovelace, Michael R.; Jones, Tamicka S.; Hardy, SherichiaPoster presentationSession J presented Wednesday, October 2, 11:30 am-12:30 pmPurpose: Opioid use in the United States is on the rise as evidenced by coining of the term the Opioid Epidemic. Effort has been put into ...