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Articles of Note, April 2019 Edition

Time once again for Articles of Note, our monthly frolic through the peer-reviewed literature. I assure you, this month's is *full* of science you're going to want to read, some of which is freely available through the links posted below.…

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New Edition of SANE Education Guidelines Now Available

Not to be confused with the new SAMFE National Training Standards published by the Department of Justice, IAFN has just released the new edition of the SANE Education Guidelines. Keep in mind, these are two completely separate and distinct documents. If…

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Just Released: National Training Standards for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners (2nd Edition)

I am thrilled this is now available, as I was fortunate to work on this project--the 2nd edition of the National Training Standards for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners (PDF) is now available. Published by OVW, it updates the original training standards,…

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Strive for Better Documentation

Because it's Forensic Nurses Week, we're focusing on ways to improve practice. Today, let's talk about documentation. Want to know my one wish for better medical-forensic documentation? Three words: review of systems (ROS). Seriously--hear me out on this. In order…

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Be Better: Implement a Quality Improvement Process

This Forensic Nurses Week, we're talking about ways to make our practices better. The last couple days have focused on individual performance. Today, let's talk about program performance... The expert at trial should never be the first person to review…

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Coming soon: Strangulation Research Compilation

One week from today I will release the 3rd FHO research compilation: Applying the Strangulation Research to Expert Testimony in Cases with Adult Victims. It's the biggest one to date, but it's also the most needed. So I am spending…

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Friday Extra: Sex Ed for Senators

Let's keep this party going, shall we? Courtesy of Samantha Bee, it's Sex Ed for Senators, and I think it caps the week off nicely. Obviously not suitable for many workplaces (sadly): _____________________________________ Have you checked out the FHO store…

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Accessing Emergency Contraception After Sexual Assault

Not surprisingly, I have heard from many of you in the last 24 hours about your worries and concerns--there is a lot of angst about how many of you either work in facilities where patients are denied access to emergency…

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Sexual Assault Patients and Access to Abortion

Well, the news isn't great. Alabama has become the latest state to pass a near abortion ban, and it's time we talk about what this means for our patients in the US, because it's certainly not something we can ignore.…

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Is Your Agency Ready to Serve Transgender and Non-Binary Clients?

I just discovered that FORGE has recently published a self-assessment, Is Your Agency Ready to Serve Transgender and Non-Binary Clients, and before you are all, of course, we are, we already do, may I suggest you take a good long…

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