FORENSIC EVIDENCE COLLECTION IN THE CLINICAL SETTING
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Principles and techniques of evidence collection and documentation in the hospital or other clinical setting are presented. Emphasis will be given to various types of evidence related to traumatic injuries, including those associated with abuse and neglect of children and elders. Step-by-step procedures for collecting and packaging of biological specimens, preserving the chain-of-custody, and, safeguarding against spoliation or tampering with evidence will be emphasized. Photo-documentation of evidentiary items and legal requirements for admissible evidence are also being considered.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe what constitutes evidence.
- Utilize body diagrams, photo-documentation and precise terminology to document evidence in accordance with forensic standards.
- State proper procedures for collecting various types of evidence, from biological to material collection.
- Outline steps for maintaining the chain-of-custody for forensic evidence in the clinical setting.
- List ways to avoid contamination or spoliation of evidence that would affect admissibility in a court of law.
- Identify issues associated with evidence collection practices in special populations.
CE CONTACT HOURS: 4
COURSE FEE: $32 (Group rates are available upon request. Contact .)
WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE: Content is appropriate for any individual who wishes to understand the roles and responsibilities of healthcare personnel in regard to forensic evidentiary management in the Emergency Department or other clinical setting. Basic principles and techniques of evidence collection will be especially pertinent for nurses or physicians who have specified duties to identify, collect and safeguard forensic evidence identified within the clinical setting.
AVAILABILITY: Upon Demand
PRESENTATION METHOD: This downloadable course is in PDF format.
TEACHING METHOD: This is a self-paced course.
DURATION: All course requirements must be completed within 6 months of enrollment.
METHOD OF COURSE GRADING: Pass/fail grading system. Course examination is multiple choice and true/false statements. When a score of less than 70% is received, the examination may be taken one time without charge. Contact: for further information regarding additional retakes of the examination.
METHOD OF COURSE EVALUATION: After successful completion of the course examination, a course evaluation must be submitted to .
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon completion of the course content, examination with a passing grade of 70% and evaluation, student will receive a certificate of completion.
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS: All readings have been incorporated in the coursework materials.
SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS: There are no suggested course materials.
OTHER RELATED COURSES: Chain of Custody, Forensic Blood Specimen Collection and Handling, Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department, The Sexual Assault Examination: Adult and Adolescent, Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training Program, Identification of Patterned Injuries, Child Maltreatment: An Introductory Course, Elder Mistreatment: An Introductory Course, Documentation and Communication: Forensic Issues for Healthcare in the Digital Era
AUTHORíS BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Pamela A. Assid, MSN, RN, CEN, Major USAFR NC and Faye Battiste-Otto, RN
Course Procedure from start to completion.
All courses and materials are based on United States laws and regulations unless otherwise noted. Laws vary from state to state.