A reader sent me a question about using the copper IUD as an emergency contraceptive (PDF) option for sexual assault patients. While I think Plan B and Ella are the more appropriate option for EC in most circumstances, I wouldn’t rule out using IUDs, and I certainly think we should be discussing its use as part of baseline clinician education.

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How is it August already? Hard to believe my sweet kid heads back to (high) school in less than 2 weeks and the summer is winding down. It was pretty quiet around DC this weekend, and I spent a bit of time playing catch up. There’s still more to read, but here’s what caught my eye thus far, since last we spoke:

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NSVRC posted this brief video from Discovery Digital (via GLAAD) on their Facebook page today about sex and gender terms. It’s a fantastic teaching tool for helping clinicians understand the distinction among some terms that are often misunderstood, or simply not widely recognized within our professional circles. (Although it definitely wasn’t created for a clinical audience; it’s just perfectly simple and straightforward, so it has wide range.) I encourage you to watch the video and consider where you might be able to incorporate it into upcoming educational sessions. 

 

The American Public Health Association is hosting a webinar, No Safety, No Health: A Conversation About Race, Place and Preventing Violence. The session will be held August 4th from 2-3pm ET. Click through for all of the details:

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Thermal Injuries

July 28, 2015 | 2 Comments

I teach thermal injuries as a part of IPV training–It’s often not part of basic injury assessment and documentation education for forensic nurses for some reason, but it’s a not uncommon mechanism of injury in domestic violence (and in child and elder abuse). We probably should be spending more time on the issue, so if you haven’t had much related to thermal injuries, here’s a possible idea for a CE program.

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Oh, to be home for 3 full weeks! Just in time to celebrate the girl child’s 14th birthday, the spouse’s new job (hello, DOJ!), and just generally immerse myself with some quality time amongst my people. Luxury! I have an additional 14 year old in my house this week, making things a bit more chaotic than usual, so the interwebs have provided some welcome respite. Here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:

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No introduction needed, but pay close attention to the emphasis Dr. Campbell places on the importance of the healthcare component of the medical-forensic exam:

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Don’t know if you’ve seen this yet, but the implications are fascinating. I can’t help but think how it could impact our own forensic patient population, like those patients with significant PTSD, DV patients with TBI, patients who’d been coping with trauma through years of drug abuse…the list is a long one. It’s worth the 15ish minutes:

[h/t Jen Pierce-Weeks]

The Tribal Forensic Healthcare project has a webinar coming up on the Neurobiology of Trauma in Pediatric Patients. The session will be held August 6th from 2-3:30pm ET. As with all webinars from this project, CEUs and CMEs will be available. Click through for details:

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Apologies for missing my usual Since Last We Spoke post this week. No good excuse except, you know–busy. I’m running off to Waco Texas to do exactly for the Army JAG Corps what I did for the Air Force JAG Corps last week (except on a slightly larger scale), so I’m dashing this off from DCA before I make the slog across the country. If you would indulge me, though, we had an interesting conversation a couple weeks ago at the NAC and I’ve been meaning to ask readers about clinical practice. So click through for my question:

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