Forensic Cases in the Emergency Department

As a long time employee of the ED, this chapter really perked me up. This entire Forensic Nursing course taught by Dr. J Johnson has made a tremendous impact, I think, as I tend to turn a jaundiced eye toward an ever-increasing number of cases that before might have slipped under the wire. Of particular interest was the list of potentialities in Box 53-1: a. Domestic violence, abuse, or neglect (child, spouse, partner, elder abuse) b. Trauma (nonaccidental or suspicious, and accidental injuries with third-party payer implications) c. Vehicular and automobile versus pedestrian accidents d. Substance abuse e. Attempted suicide or homicide f. Occupational injuries g. Environmental hazard incidents (fire, smoke inhalation, toxic chemical exposures, etc.) h. Victims of terrorism or violent crime i. Illegal abortion practices j. Supervised care injuries k. Public health hazards l. Involvement of firearms or other weapons m. Prominent individuals or celebrities n. Unidentified individuals o. Damaged or improperly used equipment p. Poisoning, illegal drugs, or overdose q. Anyone in police custody for any reason r. Sudden, unexpected, or suspicious deaths s. Sexual assault and abuse. References Lynch, Virginia A. and Duval, Janet Barber. (2006). Forensic Nursing. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby

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