Emergency Departments and the Victim of Sexual Assault
Received Date: Nov 03, 2017 / Accepted Date: Dec 11, 2017 / Published Date: Dec 19, 2017
Sexual violence is a major health concern and as healthcare providers we must do all that we can to provide proper care for this patient population. The purpose of this article is to bring awareness to the lack of preparedness, and that emergency departments are not ready to meet this growing health concern in our communities. Heath care organizations and professionals must get stakeholders involved and acquire the funds and educational tools to enable them to meet this need. Research suggests that emergency department nurses are ill-prepared to care for victims of assault, and must be trained to care for these patients, not only their physical injuries, but also in the collection of evidence, psychological support, prophylaxis of sexually transmitted infections, prevention of pregnancy, education, and follow up care.
Keywords: Sexual assault; Emergency department; Forensic nursing
Citation: Jeffries RNK (2017) Emergency Departments and the Victim of Sexual Assault. Glob J Nurs Forensic Stud 2: 113. Doi: 10.4172/2572-0899.1000113
Copyright: © 2017 Jeffries RNK. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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