By Angela F. Ph.D., RN Amar, L. Kathleen, Ph.D. Sekula
Sufferers of violence are regrettably ever-present in healthcare this present day. whatever the environment, nurses are frequently the 1st to have interaction with sufferers and often needs to step into uncomfortable or tricky occasions. to make sure sufferer and supplier safeguard and let the absolute best results, each nurse could be well-versed in forensic and theoretical problems with violence.
A functional advisor to Forensic Nursing is an evidence-based advisor to knowing and using forensic nursing technological know-how. Authors Angela F. Amar and L. Kathleen Sekula introduce useful and theoretical views on violence and supply helpful assets, together with damage evaluate and violence prevention innovations in addition to an outline of proper criminal, moral, societal, and coverage concerns. even if you're a pupil, new nurse, or skilled clinician, you'll find the appropriate instruments and techniques to increase your figuring out of violence and assist you combine forensic technological know-how into your sufferer care.
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Marks on a bullet caused by the barrel of a firearm). Pattern evidence may be additional identifiable information found within an impression. As an example, a forensic examiner will compare shoe print evidence with several shoe-sole patterns to identify a particular brand, model, or size. If a shoe is recovered from a suspect that matches this initial pattern, the examiner can also identify unique characteristics that are common between the shoe and the shoe print, which can include wear, cuts, or nicks (James, Nordby, & Bell, 2009).
How would you use current policies to support your concerns? Think about what you have read in this chapter and how you might utilize what you know to establish better practice guidelines for all clinicians in your hospital regarding forensic patients. Who might you contact to voice your concerns? indb 14 9/24/15 7:10 AM 1 WHAT IS FORENSIC NURSING? 15 information might you access in order to make your case for better forensic care? How would you use Joint Commission Standards to support your goals?
Forensic anthropologists can also identify injuries and estimate time of death. Examination of these remains may give information that can help investigators identify a victim from a missing person case and/or open death investigation. indb 30 9/24/15 7:10 AM 2 FORENSIC SCIENCE 101 31 odontologists, examine the development, anatomy, and any restorative dental corrections of the teeth, such as fillings, to make a comparative identification of a person (NIJ, 2014b). Bones and teeth are the most durable parts of the human body and may be the only recognizable remains in cases of decomposition, fire scenes, or mass fatalities, and they can be used to identify an individual in such cases (Bush, 2011).