Forensic Science in Healthcare: Caring for Patients, Preserving the Evidence

Forensic Science in Healthcare: Caring for Patients, Preserving the Evidence

by Connie Darnell

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439844908
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/04/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 373
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Connie Darnell is an operating room nurse at Los Alamos Medical Center in New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Forensics
Red Flags
The Evolution of Crime, Violence, and Crime Detection
Living Forensics
The Scope of Crime and Violence in Modern Society
The Financial Cost of Violence
The Emotional Cost of Violence
The Role of Healthcare
Standards of Care
The Nursing Process
Summary
Appendix
Documentation
Medical Documentation
General Physical Examination
Wound Documentation
Blunt Force Injuries
Sharp Force Injuries
Mixed Blunt and Sharp Injuries
Fast Force Injuries (Gunshot Wounds)
Thermal, Electrical, and Chemical Injuries
Photography
Digital Evidence
Tampering and Spoliation of Records
Appendices
Evidence
Healthcare Role in Evidence Collection
Healthcare Providers
Categories of Evidence
Types of Evidence
Basic Principles of Evidence Collection
General Procedures
Chain of Custody
Common Types of Physical Evidence in Medical Settings
Biological Evidence
Body Fluid Collection
Bite Marks
Blood Alcohol and Other Toxicological Specimens
Poisoning
Fetal Drug Exposure
DNA—CODIS
Sexual Assault
Appendices
Domestic Violence and Abuse
Physical Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Psychological Abuse
Economic Abuse
Joint Commission
Intervention for Domestic Violence
Screening
Assessment
Patient History
Psychological History
Physical Examination
Intervention
The Care Plan
Mental Health Plan
Safety Plan
Resource List
Community Resources
Documentation
Appendices
Sexual Assault
Definitions
Goals of Care
Injuries
Role of the First Responder and Healthcare Provider
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)
A National Protocol
Appendices
Child Abuse and Neglect
Definition of Child Abuse
Forensic Resources
Basic Assumptions
Healthcare’s Role
Child Neglect
Sexual Assault of Children
Pediatric Specimens
Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Failure to Thrive
Appendix
Sexual Assault of Children
Reporting Laws
Definitions
Child Sexuality
Perpetrators and Victims
Short- and Long-term Psychological and Physical Harm
Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children
Prehospital Care
Physical Injury
Initial Disclosure
Assessment
Nursing Diagnoses
Planning
Intervention
Evaluation
Prevention
Appendices
Youth Behaviors and Violence
Risky Behavior
Drug Use
Dating Violence
Bullying
Guns and Gangs
Homelessness
Suicide
Stranger Danger
Child Pornography
Elder Abuse
Categories of Elder Abuse
Joint Commission Standards
Definitions
Risk Factors for Abuse
Signs and Symptoms of Physical Abuse
Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Abuse
Signs and Symptoms of Emotional or Psychological Abuse
Signs and Symptoms of Neglect
Signs and Symptoms of Self-Neglect
Signs and Symptoms of Abandonment
Signs and Symptoms of Financial or Material Exploitation
Reasons Elder Abuse Isn’t Reported
Reasons for Abuse or Neglect in Institutionalized Settings
Assessment
Intervention
Reporting
Safety Planning
Resources
Appendices
Death Investigation
Some Thoughts to Consider
History
Cause, Manner, and Mechanism of Death
Autopsy
Role of the Death Investigator
Implications for Healthcare Providers
Assisting Survivors
Traumatic Grief
The Consultation Autopsy
Organ and Tissue Donation
Summary of HCFA CFR
In Conclusion
Appendices
Occupational Issues for Forensic Personnel
Safety in the Workplace
Workplace Violence
Hostage-Taking Scenarios
Sexual Harassment
Electrical Hazards
Toxins
Altitude-Related Illness
Bomb Threats
Forensic Response
Regulations and Reporting
Appendices
Legal Issues
Testifying in Court
Depositions
Index

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

". . . an excellent resource for all healthcare providers and right on target for our EMS colleagues."
—Philip J. Froman, MD, FACEP, EMS Medical Director, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"This quick reference guide is a resource of fundamentals for first responders confronted with forensic cases. Law enforcement officers, fire personnel, EMTs, nurses and physicians will find precise instructions for on-scene actions to ensure that valuable forensic evidence is properly safeguarded. The author has distilled the essentials for those who do not have the time to wade through a lot of peripheral nice to know information to find immediate answers for the forensic scenario at hand. Occupational health and safety issues are also addressed. Color illustrations, charts, tables, references and online resources amplify the text and provide useful guidance for field personnel. If you can have only one quick reference manual, it should be this one!"
—Janet Barber Duval, Forensic Nurse

"Well-organized chapters with plenty of key points, photographs, illustrations, references, tools, and information help empower health care professionals to protect patients entrusted to their care. … This book is an excellent resource for all first responders, but it is also a must-read for nurses at all levels in all settings. The author does an excellent job of incorporating forensic information with nursing observation and documentation. Managers will find valuable information for developing policies and procedures and the tools necessary to help staff members protect the forensic patient’s legal rights in the health care setting."
—Phyllis J. Fawcett, Regional Clinical Informaticist, Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tennessee, in Journal of Operating Room Nurses

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