Management of the Sexually Assaulted Patient: Utilization of the Ã¢ÂÂForensic SurveyÃ¢ÂÂ
Evangeline Barefoot* and Laura O’Donnell
Forensic Nurse Examiner, St. David’s HealthCare, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Evangeline Barefoot
Forensic Nurse Examiner
St. David’s HealthCare
USA United States
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: April 08, 2014; Accepted date: September 28, 2014; Published date: October 03, 2014
Citation: Barefoot E, O’Donnell L (2014) Management of the Sexually Assaulted Patient: Utilization of the “Forensic Survey”. J Women’s Health Care 3:194. doi: 10.4172/2167-0420.1000194
Copyright: © 2014 Barefoot E, et al. 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.
Hospitals, doctor’s offices, and urgent care centers are often where sexual assault survivors find themselves when seeking medical services. Too often are these facilities ill-equipped to care for the unique needs these patients possess. As a greater number of victims surface in search of care, medical providers and facilities necessitate more preparedness to meet these client requirements. The sexually assaulted patient is a trauma patient and should be treated equally utilizing the well-accepted primary and secondary surveys as endorsed by the Emergency Nurses Association. Following the primary and secondary surveys, the forensic survey should also be considered by healthcare providers to ensure vigilant forensic considerations are made leading to both proper evidence collection and referrals to community resources.