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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/162558
Type:
Presentation
Title:
"Jane Doe" Law's 1-Year Impact on ED Forensic Patients
Abstract:
"Jane Doe" Law's 1-Year Impact on ED Forensic Patients
Conference Sponsor:Emergency Nurses Association
Conference Year:2010
Author:Anton, Melissa, RN, MSN/MPH, FNE-A
P.I. Institution Name:Mercy Medical Center
Title:Clinical RN III
Contact Address:301 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD, 21202, USA
Contact Telephone:410-332-9477
Co-Authors:Debra Holbrook, RN, BSN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A
Leadership Conference - Research Abstract: "Jane Doe" Law's 1-Year Impact on ED Forensic Patients

Purpose: Victims of sexual crimes who choose not to report or cooperate with prosecution are now able to have evidence collection and medial treatment by trained forensic medical personnel effective January 9, 2009. Considering that an estimated 60-80 percent of sexual assaults go unreported, a significant number of victims do not receive the urgent medical care they require or the ability to have key evidence preserved for potential future prosecution. With the new "Jane Doe" or blind reporting law, Emergency Departments, especially those with the capabilities to perform Sexual Assault exams, should expect to see an increase in the number of forensic patients. Ultimately, Jane Doe reporting will lead to in increased number of sexual assault crimes reported to police.

Design: A retrospective review of the number of Forensic Cases seen and treated by Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNE) from June 2007-May 2009.

Setting: A Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program within a teaching, urban level III trauma Emergency Department

Sample: All Sexual Assault Forensic Exam cases completed by FNEs between June 2007 and May 2009.

Methods: All Sexual Assault exams are recorded in a logbook to record the date and time of every exam performed by the FNEs. In June 2008, the SAFE program in the Emergency Department, in collaboration with the city Police Department, started piloting the 'Jane Doe' evidence exams. At this time, the logbook was sectioned into "Exams requested by Law Enforcement" and "Jane Doe" exams. Data for this study was gathered by reviewing this logbook and counting the number of exams completed from June 2007 until May 2009, a 2 year period. The exams done between June 2008 to May 2009 were then sorted into "Requested by Law Enforcement" and "Jane Doe" exams.

Results/Outcomes: Preliminary data shows a 200% increase in the number of forensic patients in the ED in a one-year period since the initiation of æJane DoeÆ evidence collection in June 2008. The number of patients who cooperate with law enforcement (100% of forensic patients from 6/07-5/08 and 76% of forensic patients from 6/08-5/09) have increased by 153%. This increase could be from increased awareness associated with reporting sexual assault, or a response by law enforcement to encourage more victims to have Sexual Assault exams. Additionally, Of the 64 Jane Doe exams completed in the first year of its conception, 6 victims have converted to cooperating with law enforcement, a rate of about 10%.

Implications: As public awareness of æJane DoeÆ reporting increases, Emergency Departments will notice an increase in the number of forensic patients requesting treatment. ED staff will need to educate themselves about æJane DoeÆ reporting, understand the options available for victims of sexual assault, and know where and how to properly refer patients for Sexual Assault Exams.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Emergency Nurses Association

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title"Jane Doe" Law's 1-Year Impact on ED Forensic Patientsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/162558-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">&quot;Jane Doe&quot; Law's 1-Year Impact on ED Forensic Patients</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Emergency Nurses Association</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Anton, Melissa, RN, MSN/MPH, FNE-A</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Mercy Medical Center</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Clinical RN III</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">301 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD, 21202, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">410-332-9477</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">manton@mdmercy.com</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Debra Holbrook, RN, BSN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Leadership Conference - Research Abstract: &quot;Jane Doe&quot; Law's 1-Year Impact on ED Forensic Patients<br/><br/>Purpose: Victims of sexual crimes who choose not to report or cooperate with prosecution are now able to have evidence collection and medial treatment by trained forensic medical personnel effective January 9, 2009. Considering that an estimated 60-80 percent of sexual assaults go unreported, a significant number of victims do not receive the urgent medical care they require or the ability to have key evidence preserved for potential future prosecution. With the new &quot;Jane Doe&quot; or blind reporting law, Emergency Departments, especially those with the capabilities to perform Sexual Assault exams, should expect to see an increase in the number of forensic patients. Ultimately, Jane Doe reporting will lead to in increased number of sexual assault crimes reported to police.<br/><br/>Design: A retrospective review of the number of Forensic Cases seen and treated by Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNE) from June 2007-May 2009.<br/><br/>Setting: A Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program within a teaching, urban level III trauma Emergency Department<br/><br/>Sample: All Sexual Assault Forensic Exam cases completed by FNEs between June 2007 and May 2009.<br/><br/>Methods: All Sexual Assault exams are recorded in a logbook to record the date and time of every exam performed by the FNEs. In June 2008, the SAFE program in the Emergency Department, in collaboration with the city Police Department, started piloting the 'Jane Doe' evidence exams. At this time, the logbook was sectioned into &quot;Exams requested by Law Enforcement&quot; and &quot;Jane Doe&quot; exams. Data for this study was gathered by reviewing this logbook and counting the number of exams completed from June 2007 until May 2009, a 2 year period. The exams done between June 2008 to May 2009 were then sorted into &quot;Requested by Law Enforcement&quot; and &quot;Jane Doe&quot; exams.<br/><br/>Results/Outcomes: Preliminary data shows a 200% increase in the number of forensic patients in the ED in a one-year period since the initiation of &aelig;Jane Doe&AElig; evidence collection in June 2008. The number of patients who cooperate with law enforcement (100% of forensic patients from 6/07-5/08 and 76% of forensic patients from 6/08-5/09) have increased by 153%. This increase could be from increased awareness associated with reporting sexual assault, or a response by law enforcement to encourage more victims to have Sexual Assault exams. Additionally, Of the 64 Jane Doe exams completed in the first year of its conception, 6 victims have converted to cooperating with law enforcement, a rate of about 10%. <br/><br/>Implications: As public awareness of &aelig;Jane Doe&AElig; reporting increases, Emergency Departments will notice an increase in the number of forensic patients requesting treatment. ED staff will need to educate themselves about &aelig;Jane Doe&AElig; reporting, understand the options available for victims of sexual assault, and know where and how to properly refer patients for Sexual Assault Exams. <br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T10:30:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T10:30:13Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipEmergency Nurses Associationen_GB
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