Bruising is a very common type of soft tissue injury noted on victims of violence, such as those experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and vulnerable adult abuse. The accurate forensic identification and documentation of these injuries are essential for proper medical treatment, and as vital evidence for the criminal justice system. Unidentified injuries can lead to a disparity in the forensic investigation of victims, especially those with darker skin; who lack the ability to communicate; or who delay seeking treatment. Research supports that detecting and documenting injuries improves victim participation in the criminal justice process.
Alternate light is a practitioner-driven technology that has the potential to be a reliable, cost-effective, and rapid method to identify potential bruises in a variety of settings. In this presentation, we will review the science of alternate light and bruising in ways readily usable for multiple disciplines in end-user testimony. We will discuss current research involving both living and deceased patient populations as well as the technology’s limitations. Finally, recommendations for clinical application and medico-legal interpretation will be discussed, including forensic photography.
Geared toward forensic nurses and advanced practice providers.
Don't miss your opportunity to:
- Learn about alternate light, its characteristics, and its behavior in response to potential bruises.
- Review the available research.
- Recognize considerations for the clinical application of alternate light.