Helping patients affected by violence
We see all patients affected by violence, which can include sexual assault, physical assault, domestic/interpersonal violence, human trafficking, elder abuse, adolescent abuse, strangulation, gunshot victims, stabbing victims, and vehicular assaults.
Patients who are affected by violence need specialized care, and forensic nurse examiners (FNEs) have received that training. They are dedicated to improving lives and patient health outcomes through a comprehensive and thorough medical exam.
We offer a private forensic suite where our patients can be cared for in a safe, secure, and quiet location. This suite was made possible by the generosity of the UCHealth Foundation.
The medical forensic exam
For all patients that we are consulted on, an FNE will complete a medical forensic examination, which includes:
- Getting a detailed patient history.
- A thorough physical assessment.
- Photography and documentation of wounds/injuries.
- Evidence collection.
- Assistance with reporting to police (if patient chooses).
- Connection to community resources such as counseling and victim’s advocates.
- Referral to our Infectious Disease clinic.
- Safety planning.
- Concussion screening.
- Relationship lethality screening.
- Assessment of any medication needs, including medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections and HIV, emergency contraception, and immunizations.
Patients may complete some or all of the exam depending upon their comfort level. Our number one priority is to ensure the patient is safe and healthy.