Adena Greenfield Medical Center (AGMC) is now providing services to patients reporting to its emergency department following a sexual assault, according to a news release from the Adena Health System.
Adena Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide care, support and aid to these patients, according to the release.
“Providing patients affected by sexual assault the best possible trauma-informed care has always been our top priority,” said Julie Fairchild, SANE/forensic nursing coordinator. “By not having to be transferred to another facility to see a SANE nurse, or having to tell their story one more time can mean the difference between a patient seeking additional services or not.”
Previously, patients arriving at AGMC with a report of sexual assault were transferred to Adena Regional Medical Center, located in Chillicothe, for an examination by a specially trained SANE nurse. Trauma-informed services now being provided at AGMC can include medical examination, sexual assault evidence collection, prophylactic treatment of sexually transmitted infections, appropriate testing, forensic photography, and documentation of injuries. Additional services to help the patient in their recovery includes advocacy, resource linkage, and referral to safety services, including safety planning and shelter placement.
Adena’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are qualified forensic nurses who have received special training to conduct sexual assault evidentiary exams for sexual assault victims. SANE nurses are specially trained in the medical, psychological and forensic examination of a sexual assault victim. They collaborate with the health care team, law enforcement and community members to provide the best response to the needs of the community concerning interpersonal violence, the news release said.
For more information about SANE and Adena’s Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate Program, visit www.adena.org/sane.