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Evidence Collection: Process & Analysis

Have you ever wondered what should happen in an emergency department when someone says they’ve been sexually assaulted? When a victim of sexual assault presents at an emergency department it can be a very confusing process to navigate and understand. For those working in an emergency department that rarely sees victims of sexual assault, the idea of doing an exam can feel overwhelming and scary. This course offers insight for all disciplines into the forensic examination process, navigating the steps of the exam, understanding the legal expectations of the hospital, and providing support to the patient who may not know what they want to do. For experienced examiners it can offer an update regarding drug facilitated sexual assaults, HIV prophylaxis and learning what happens to the kit once it leaves the hospital.
Forensic Scientist from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations will present on how new changes in technology allows them to try new techniques in identifying a DNA profile, use of CODIS to identify a suspect, and case examples based on evidence submitted for analysis.
These four hours help all disciplines better understand the process victims go through when agreeing to an exam, how trauma impacts how they report the assault, and why it’s important for all disciplines to understand how to respond to the needs of the victim in the aftermath of an assault. 

  • Describe the role of the nurse examiner in the process of sexual assault care and investigation
  • Discuss the role of the SANE and interactions with other members of the SART team
  • Identify appropriate collection techniques with the ODH SA Kit
  • Describe the techniques used to collect and preserve evidence found in the course of the sexual assault examination
  • Discuss intersection of SANE role with law enforcement in the care of SA patients
  • Identify role of Crime Lab Scientist and intersection of the nurse examiner with Crime Lab Processes
  • Recognize patients potentially at risk for DFSA and appropriate plans of care
  • Apply the process and procedure for care of sexual assault patient during the sexual assault examination in a case study format
Covered material includes:
  • The role of the examiner
  • Benefits of a Sexual Assault Response Team
  • What gets collected?
  • Reporting to law enforcement (reported, non-report, anonymous)
  • Intersection of SANE and law enforcement (victim v. suspect exams, access to patient, chain of custody)
  • How to assess for drug facilitated sexual assault and what to do?
  • HIV prophylaxis reimbursement update
  • Learn steps BCI/crime labs take when analyzing evidence
  • Case studies with examples of the connection between evidence collection, analysis, and case outcomes

The planners and faculty have declared no conflict of interest.
Attendees that attend 100% of the event and submit a completed evaluation form will receive 3.75 nursing contact hours.
Forensic Nursing Network Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91).
This training has multiple training dates and locations for 2018. When registering, please select the training date/ location you would like to attend. More dates and locations will be added in the future.
  • December 6, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Adams County Hospital
  • December 7, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Akron
Cost: FREE
Thank you for your interest in Evidence Collection: Process & Analysis. Registration for this training has closed.