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Pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner care: trace forensic evidence, ano-genital injury, and judicial outcomes.
J Forensic Nurs 2012; 8(3):105-11JF

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Although pediatric sexual assault nurse examiners (P-SANEs) have been providing care for over two decades there remain major gaps in the literature describing the quality of P-SANE care and legal outcomes associated with their cases. The purpose of this study was to compare quality indicators of care in a pediatric emergency department (PED) before and after the implementation of a P-SANE program described in terms of trace forensic evidence yield, identification of perpetrator DNA, and judicial outcomes in pediatric acute sexual assault.

METHOD

A retrospective review of medical and legal records of all patients presenting to the PED at Nationwide Children's Hospital with concerns of acute sexual abuse/assault requiring forensic evidence collection from 1/1/04 to 12/31/07 was conducted.

FINDINGS

Detection and documentation of ano-genital injury, evaluation and documentation of pregnancy status, and testing for N. gonorrhea and C. trachomatis was significantly improved since implementation of the P-SANE Program compared to the historical control.

DISCUSSION

The addition of a P-SANE to the emergency department (ED) provider team improved the quality of care to child/adolescent victims of acute sexual abuse/assault.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA. Gail.hornor@nationwidechildrens.org

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22925125

Citation

Hornor, Gail, et al. "Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Care: Trace Forensic Evidence, Ano-genital Injury, and Judicial Outcomes." Journal of Forensic Nursing, vol. 8, no. 3, 2012, pp. 105-11.
Hornor G, Thackeray J, Scribano P, et al. Pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner care: trace forensic evidence, ano-genital injury, and judicial outcomes. J Forensic Nurs. 2012;8(3):105-11.
Hornor, G., Thackeray, J., Scribano, P., Curran, S., & Benzinger, E. (2012). Pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner care: trace forensic evidence, ano-genital injury, and judicial outcomes. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 8(3), pp. 105-11. doi:10.1111/j.1939-3938.2011.01131.x.
Hornor G, et al. Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Care: Trace Forensic Evidence, Ano-genital Injury, and Judicial Outcomes. J Forensic Nurs. 2012;8(3):105-11. PubMed PMID: 22925125.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner care: trace forensic evidence, ano-genital injury, and judicial outcomes. AU - Hornor,Gail, AU - Thackeray,Jonathan, AU - Scribano,Philip, AU - Curran,Sherry, AU - Benzinger,Elizabeth, Y1 - 2012/02/21/ PY - 2012/8/29/entrez PY - 2012/8/29/pubmed PY - 2013/2/13/medline SP - 105 EP - 11 JF - Journal of forensic nursing JO - J Forensic Nurs VL - 8 IS - 3 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Although pediatric sexual assault nurse examiners (P-SANEs) have been providing care for over two decades there remain major gaps in the literature describing the quality of P-SANE care and legal outcomes associated with their cases. The purpose of this study was to compare quality indicators of care in a pediatric emergency department (PED) before and after the implementation of a P-SANE program described in terms of trace forensic evidence yield, identification of perpetrator DNA, and judicial outcomes in pediatric acute sexual assault. METHOD: A retrospective review of medical and legal records of all patients presenting to the PED at Nationwide Children's Hospital with concerns of acute sexual abuse/assault requiring forensic evidence collection from 1/1/04 to 12/31/07 was conducted. FINDINGS: Detection and documentation of ano-genital injury, evaluation and documentation of pregnancy status, and testing for N. gonorrhea and C. trachomatis was significantly improved since implementation of the P-SANE Program compared to the historical control. DISCUSSION: The addition of a P-SANE to the emergency department (ED) provider team improved the quality of care to child/adolescent victims of acute sexual abuse/assault. SN - 1939-3938 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22925125/Pediatric_sexual_assault_nurse_examiner_care:_trace_forensic_evidence,_ano-genital_injury,_and_judicial_outcomes L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=1556-3693&date=2012&volume=8&issue=3&spage=105 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -