The Importance Of Forensic Evidence Collection Within The Emergency Room

765 Words Jul 10th, 2016 4 Pages
This paper discusses the important role of the forensics nurse in relationship to evidence collection within the emergency room. This writers experience with forensic evidence collection and preservation is something that has been learned through informal on the job training. Through out this course on forensic nursing, this writer has become more aware of what evidence collection entails, what situations can result in evidence, and how to better recognize, assess and collect evidence. The importance of the forensics nurse within the emergency department is a crucial one. Through proper evidence collection, the forensics nurse will be able to advocate for the patient involved in a crime, or support evidence convicting a patient of a crime.
According to a survey performed by the Center for Disease Control, in 2015, 138.4 million patients where evaluated in emergency rooms through out the United States. Of those, suicide and homicide were in the top twenty reasons for patient death and admission (Health United States, 2015). These two situations are a few of many different areas in forensic nursing that require in-depth assessment, evaluation and evidence collection. Through proper evidence collection, nurses will be able to help piece together a story of what happened, as well as potentially find evidence that could help authorities identify the suspect (Slate, 2015).
Forensic collection consist of three main areas, which include: biology, chemistry as well as drugs and…

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