Opportunities to preserve forensic evidence in emergency departments
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Opportunities to preserve forensic evidence in emergency departments

Matthew Peel Custody/forensic nurse, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Police Custody Healthcare, Wetherby Health Centre, Wetherby

Victims of violence often seek assistance from emergency departments, so emergency nurses are ideally placed to identify them, and other ‘forensic’ patients, and protect the evidence that could support any ensuing legal process. Emergency nurses who are trained to identify, collect and preserve forensic evidence can support the identification, elimination and prosecution of suspects. This article gives an overview of forensic evidence, and explains how emergency nurses can preserve and collect samples effectively.

Emergency Nurse. 24, 7, 20-26. doi: 10.7748/en.2016.e1618

Correspondence

mattpeel@NHS.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 05 July 2016

Accepted: 25 August 2016

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