Sexual Assault

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Which format do forensic nurses, clinicians, and other professionals find more useful when referencing information and images during sexual assault examinations: (1) traditional print resources, or (2) downloadable applications for smart phones or other electronic media?

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During the exam, I prefer printed materials. When I am researching from my desk, I rely heavily on both print and electronic resources.

Traditional print preferred because of limited budgets. We are able to share and discuss information between our team more easily.

As the manager of a forensic nursing program, I favor traditional print resources that all of my nurses have equal access to. In an ideal world it would be wonderful to provide each nurse with a “team” electronic device with the downloads right there for instant updating. If only the limited budget stretched that far.

Which format do forensic nurses, clinicians, and other professionals find more useful when referencing information and images during sexual assault examinations: (1) traditional print resources, or (2) downloadable applications for smart phones or other electronic media?
Currently the most readily available resources are texts. I think having a quick on line/handheld device reference that is updated frequently would be a GREAT resource at the bedside. I used my ER medscape and epocrates every day when working in the emergency department.

Traditional print because we don’t supply our nurses with smart phones or other devices and because we can highlight portions that are particularly valuable.

I like to have both available. Seems I print off the electronic versions to take to meetings, court etc. anyway.

Both are always great to have. Traditional print has been successful during deployments in the military, but having the ability to look things up quickly via digital is nice as well.

At present I prefer printed text because of problems getting reception in ERs but I can foresee in the near future when handheld devices will be the way to go at the bedside. When I am at my desk I almost exclusively use the internet and downloadable references.

Traditional Print because not all of our program’s nurses have smart phones and the reception in the ED is spotty at best.

I prefer traditional print. The program I work for keeps references together and easily assessable during exams.

I would love a handheld reference of some kind, we have textbooks in the room however I am a tech junky and would love something on my phone or pda

Traditional Print items because not all our SANEs have smart phones or Ipods or any other electronic devices. I am hoping someday we will be able to do this but we cannot right now…..financially.

We keep a library in the SANE room for reference. I guess I am old school, but I like to have a print version to look at rather than a device type lookup.

I find in today’s world it is more useful to have access to down-loadable applications and electronic media when referencing information for forensic exams. Traditional print continues to be accessed and utilized but is becoming less preferred.

As a program coordinator, I like reference books but it is always a challenge to make sure that they don’t develop legs and walk off. I really like electronic information, ie…pdf files, down-load it and then place on my google group page under files so that all staff may review, and print if they choose to print it. I encourage them to make their own electronic file for later reference. Never too soon to start your own reference library.

Not sure if everyone has the capability on their phone but pdf files are fantastic.
Go green!

I find that I still prefer print resources when referencing for a case in the ED, but I prefer electronic media for education, updates, CEUs.

I prefer the traditional reference book method. I don’t always have the best reception in the hospital with my phone and our computer internet access can sometimes take too long. Plus, I like the ability to share information easily and sometimes that is hard via my phone.

I prefer books or printed material as I find it easier to read and all could use it. However, downloadable applications are more convenient and are more mobile.

Both are useful for many of the reasons noted by others, but I like downloadable materials for ease of sharing.

I use both, but really love the downloads as they can be accessed from anywhere. I work out of more than one facility and they do not keep the same texts on hand.

Ideally both would available as I would personally use both depending ont he situation (but I’m pretty low key with regards to technology… don’t use anything other than a computer / internet – no phone apps necessary)… but if I had to choose one over the other I’d probably choose traditional print as the rest of my team (which is still very non computer oriented – yikes – small town USA) would use that more often.

I would use both. I like to have the hard copy for use before and/or after the exam. The electronic copy would be great if I had the technology on my phone or a copy available quickly through the internet computer at our desk.

As I find more and more uses for my smartphone I find myself wishing for quick reference for IPV in general!

I find that print source is the best for myself and staff. We share a cart with all supplies and references like this are priceless.

I am kind of from the old school and prefer the traditional resource materials. However, that being said sometimes the information needed is not available in the resource material we have accessible to us and so, information that can be downloaded is immensely helpful. Our nurses do not have IPhones, Blackberry’s, etc. so that poses a problem.
The problem with resource materials too is that many times they are borrowed and never returned and no one admits to borrowing them.
I have suppled many of the reference books located in our office and that gets pricey really quick. I have set up a personal electronic library of articles I have found useful.

I prefer traditional print at this time. Not all nurses have the electronic capability and our program is small enough, we can sure share a reference book.

I would rather it be available on my iphone. I use it in school and you become very quick at looking things up.

I love my own copies of publications/books and still purchase certain ones. However, I am more of a techno-junkie/resource person and so am using electronic more often now. I cut and paste much of it onto personalized pages in MC Office and use it for referencing/education/work.

Both, Electronic which I can save onto my hard drive for future reference and still like traditional print which I can underline, highlight and keep in a file in my “must have binder” for each course I teach. I use electronic files courses instead of print due to copy right issues.

Which format do forensic nurses, clinicians, and other professionals find more useful when referencing information and images during sexual assault examinations: (1) traditional print resources, or (2) downloadable applications for smart phones or other electronic media?
Definitely print is the current “best” method but I fully expect this to change over the next decade. Electronic options will be more convenient, easier to resource and search and portable.

Both mediums have their merit depending on the situation – however, if I had to choose one over the other – lighten my load, respect my space limitations, and increase my portability by offering electronic media.

This is difficult. Because I am an old dog, I prefer print to access quickly. But I am coming into the 21 century and using more and more downloads.

My immediate response would be traditional print but I know that things are changing in the electronic world. Traditional print would be best for my program because it is a small rural program. For programs that travel (instead of making the patient travel) I would hazard that downloadable applications would be best as you could take them with you. I assume that as downloadable’s inprove and our cell phones and PDA’s improve that we might one day only look towards the e-format.

My preference would be traditional print, which I can then scan into a pdf format, as well as keep it electronically also.

I think print will always be needed, but electronic media is up and coming. I would love to see some of our existing publications placed into electonic format. However, I do not receive internet service in one of my SANE rooms either.

Print is always nice to have in the room, but I find myself using my I-phone to look up medications, disease processess, etc..

Which format do forensic nurses, clinicians, and other professionals find more useful when referencing information and images during sexual assault examinations: (1) traditional print resources, or (2) downloadable applications for smart phones or other electronic media?

Electronic media is becoming more useful, I can “carry” more information on a drive than in 3 ring binders. Currently using a mix of both.

I prefer electronic – but it’s not a bad idea to have a traditional print version available for those without smart phones/electronic media.

Both. Currently I prefer printable as it is easier to utilize bedside. But as electronic media becomes more accessible, I see my answer changing in the very near future.

I would like the hand held copy. It is easier access and gives me a quick response without a hassle.

During the Sexual Assault exam, I prefer the print copy. However, it is necessary to keep files on your hard drive for easy access. The electronic format is great to keep a log of the current research. A Wireless connection is not necessary for access to Epocrates on a Palm. Our ED does not have access to hand held wireless connections. Most are blocked in the hospital.

A this time, I don’t own the technology that would apply to this, like a smart-phone. But I think that it’s important that such applications exist, as they are becomimg more popular with medical professionals.

Unfortunately at the present time the nurses in this area don’t all have the capability or have limited capability to access references on my first choice is print

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