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Learn about IAFN's SANE 365 campaign. The clock is ticking...

Thursday, August 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Welcome to the President's Corner

 

    

Liz Louden RN, BN, MSN, SANE -A

August 2017 Update

Dear IAFN Members;

Learn about IAFN's SANE 365 campaign. The clock is ticking...

Forensic nurses make a difference. You, our members, make a difference.

  

        Additionally, and as many of you are aware, sexual assault care has been all over the news.  In an effort to promote SANE, and when there is no SANE, to insure a minimum standard of care, IAFN has designed tools to identify the responsibilities of the health care system when it comes to sexually assaulted and abused patients. We know that right now, patients who have been sexually assaulted, are being turned away from hospitals with no SANE, despite the fact that it is the hospital’s duty to properly care for the patient. With the SANE 365 campaign, you can strengthen your facility’s ability to provide the highest level of care to sexual assault and abuse patients.


         The SANE 365 campaign is designed to help develop or strengthen sexual assault medical forensic services in communities that need assistance.  Knowing that it can still be a challenge to talk to facility administrators about ways to strengthen support for patients, IAFN created SANE 365 to highlight and support hospitals in understanding their responsibility in the care of patients who have experienced sexual violence. Take a look at the SANE 365 Campaign and please use these resources to your advantage in your community.


            You can also help us gather data. Participate in (or better yet, get the ED staff in your community hospital to participate in) our two question SANE 365 survey to help us gather more data about access to sexual assault care in Emergency Departments.


          Always remember that ongoing support is available: Contact IAFN with any questions or needs you may have. We know that some communities do not have the resources to fully support a SANE program. If this is the case in your community, IAFN can design education that meets your needs as well as the needs of the sexual assault patients you serve.

Contact us today to discuss your needs at SANE365@forensicnurses.org.

  

Yours in Health,

Liz


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