Dr. Riviello is professor of emergency medicine at Drexel Emergency Medicine in Philadelphia.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 35 – No 10 – October 2016
Dr. Rozzi is an emergency physician, director of the Forensic Examiner Team at WellSpan York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, and chair of the Forensic Section of ACEP.
- Although sexual assault nurse examiners are generally widely available, emergency physicians should be familiar with the management of the sexually assaulted patient and how to collect forensic evidence.
- Some familiarity with evidence collection procedures will make the process easier for the patient and physician.
- Maintenance of the chain of custody is important for the integrity of the evidence to not be challenged.
- Dried specimens should be collected with a wet swab followed by a dry swab.
- Change gloves frequently during the collection and packaging of evidence to prevent cross-contamination.