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Articles of Note, March 2019 Edition

Since we're in a research frame of mind, I figured I might as well go ahead with this month's Articles of Note, and there's a lot to work through. I don't want to completely nerd out on everyone, but man,…

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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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New HIV Data from CDC

A few things of which to be aware from CDC on HIV in the US that may impact your forensic practice: Understanding the Impact of HIV: Diagnoses, Incidence and Prevalence (PDF) HIV Among Women Fact Sheet (PDF) HIV Infection Risk,…

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Since Last We Spoke, 3-18-19

I'm heading to ATL in the morning to teach for a few days, but before I head out, it's worth mentioning a couple things. One, it's spring here in the District, which is a gift. Every damn year this city…

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DNA Evidence Collection in Groping Sexual Assault Cases: Practice Implications for SANEs

If you missed Julie Valentine's webinar last month on DNA in groping cases, you're in luck--aside from listening to the archived version of *that* presentation, Dr. Valentine is presenting a SANE-specific talk for SAFEta. The webinar will be held April…

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Buried Abuse

Last week, Latino USA (in conjunction with Rewire. News) reported on this story of sexual abuse in US immigration detention centers. It is powerful and raw, and much of what you'll hear is sadly familiar: "There’s a long and extensive…

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Medical-Forensic Evaluation of Asylum Seekers: Physical Exam & Utilizing the Istanbul Protocol

IAFN is hosting the continuation of their series,  Medical Forensic Evaluation of Asylum Seekers; part 3 of 5 will take place next month, Physical Exam and Utilizing the Istanbul Protocol. The session will be held April 17th at 1pm ET.…

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