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Bite Marks
Child Abuse
Blunt Trauma
Patterned Injuries
Domestic Violence
Workplace Violence
Sharp Trauma
John R. McPhail
The Body as a Crime Scene
Forensics More than Death Investigation
Questions about Certification
What Is Forensic Nursing
Forensic Textbooks and Educational Material
Living Forensics

Forensic science has been classically associated with investigations of suspicious or wrongful deaths. However, in the past decade, a new discipline, living forensics, has emerged, focusing on trauma survivors and the perpetrators of violent acts. This new forensic arena is germane to healthcare personnel in any setting, and bridges the gaps that have traditionally distanced them from law enforcement and the judicial systems. The requirement to educate nurses in the fundamentals of forensic science was firmly established in 1997 when the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) published its revised standards for patient assessment. The guidelines require that all staff members be educated to identify victims of abuse, violence and neglect, and be able to collect and safeguard physical evidence associated with a known or potential criminal act. The purpose of this proposal is to develop an asynchronous, interactive learning program for the World Wide Web, which will enable nurses and other healthcare personnel to identify forensic cases and to properly document and manage evidentiary materials.


E.S. Criteria needed to identify possible abuse victims
ES. Types of abuse to be addressed:
HO. Physical assault
Rape or sexual molestation
Domestic abuse of elders, spouses, partners, children

ES. Procedures for patient evaluation.
HO. Patient consent
Examination and treatment
Hospital role in collection, retention and safeguarding of specimens, photos and other evidence Notification/release of information to authorities

ES. Referral list of private and community based family violence
HO. agencies available through the hospital
ES.5.1..2.10.4 Medical records documentation to include examinations,
HO. treatment, referrals to other health care providers and community based agencies and required notification of authorities
ES. Requires appropriate staff to be trained in injury identification
HO. and procedures needed to work with abuse and assault survivors
Phone/fax 719-545-4325

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