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Opportunities to preserve forensic evidence in emergency departments

Emergency Nurse

evidence & practice

Victims of violence often seek assistance from emergency departments, so emergency nurses are ideally placed to identify them, and other ‘forensic’ patients, and...

Assessment of people who have been tasered

13 July 2017

Emergency Nurse

Evidence & practice

The use of Tasers® by the police is subject to intense scrutiny and controversy. With increasing numbers of police officers carrying Tasers, it is important that...

Assessing an individual’s fitness to be interviewed in police custody

31 May 2017

Nursing Standard

Evidence & practice

Nurses working in police custody settings may be called on to assess a detainee’s fitness to be interviewed by police, for example where the person is thought to...

Assessing fitness to detain in police custody

11 November 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article outlines the role of the custody nurse in assessing an individual’s fitness to be detained. It addresses all aspects of the assessment, including...

Care bundles: resuscitation of patients with severe sepsis

19 November 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article outlines a nurse-led system to identify patients with severe sepsis outside critical care settings. It also discusses how the Surviving Sepsis...

Acute behavioural disturbance: recognition, assessment and management

31 March 2022

Emergency Nurse

Acute behavioural disturbance

Acute behavioural disturbance (ABD) is a clinical emergency which typically affects overweight men in their mid-thirties who chronically misuse illicit stimulants....

Understanding the nurse’s role as a professional witness

09 January 2023

Nursing Standard

Professional issues

Nurses working in any setting may be required to assist the courts or coroners by preparing statements or giving evidence in court. Nurses can act as ‘professional...

Recognising and responding to bruising in children

24 July 2023

Nursing Standard


Bruises are commonly seen in children and are usually easily explained by play or accidents. However, bruises are also common in children who have been physically...

Assessing and managing people exposed to conducted energy device (Taser) discharge

08 February 2022

Emergency Nurse

service delivery and improvement

The use of conducted energy devices – better known under the brand name Taser – by police officers is subject to scrutiny. Consequently, the clinical assessment and...

Recognising and responding to non-fatal strangulation in domestic abuse

10 June 2024

Nursing Standard

evidence and practice

Victims/survivors (the authors use this term throughout the article but acknowledge that individuals may use various terms to describe their experiences) of...