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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.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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 -