This program teaches how to conduct sexual assault medical examinations that are patient-centered and that preserve evidence. It’s designed to complement the recommendations outlined in the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations. This program was first developed in 2006, and later updated in 2010.
This new, interactive program provides expert instruction for health-care professionals who may care for sexual assault patients – and may be called to testify about that care. The training’s designed for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, midwives, physician assistants, physicians, and students in these professions.
Others may find certain sections of the program of benefit, including victim advocates, emergency medical services professionals, licensed vocational/practical nurses, counselors, EMS and law enforcement personnel, officers of the court, and forensic scientists.
Your training takes place in a Virtual Sexual Assault Clinical/Forensic Facility. Using an engaging, interactive format, experienced practitioners will guide you through most of the tasks an examiner must perform when caring for a sexual assault patient. The centerpiece of this learning is the practicum in the clinic’s Room A. Here, Karen Carroll, RN, SANE-A, takes you through the entire forensic exam with a virtual patient, from the consent process, through history-taking, general examination and documentation, pelvic exam, documentation, medical care (emphasizing emergency contraception in this case), and planning for follow-up care. Completing the Room A practicum qualifies you to practice your skills in a second, more challenging, case using your virtual evidence collection kit.
Other areas of the clinic help prepare you to testify in court and see how a forensic laboratory analyzes evidence. You may attend video discussions on controversial topics along with an “after-action” discussion by members of a sexual assault response team. Additionally, there are interviews with actual assault survivors and access to relevant Web-based resources.