Patterns of injury and rates or prevalence with violence are difficult to determine due to inconsistent use of terms, varying skills or tolls used in injury identification, and variable documentation. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss injury terminology, characteristics, and factors affecting injury identification. A standardized guide to document injury and physical findings will be introduced, called BALD STEP, which can help guide the assessment as well as make documentation more efficient. We will then discuss what is currently known about patterns of injury with sexual assault and intimate partner violence and areas that still need to be explored.
Dr. Cathy (CJ) Carter-Snell. Ph.D. RN SANE-A is a professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University in Calgary Canada. She has extensive experience with injury assessment and research, both as an Emergency nurse and sexual assault nurse examiner. Her research focus is on prevention and early intervention with clients experiencing trauma or violence. Research projects include systematic reviews of injury with sexual assault, development of the BALD STEP guide for injuries, development, and testing of a dating violence prevention program for university students (Stepping Up), understanding the experience of male victims of dating violence, critical incident stress in nursing students and a rural sexual assault training program (EESAS).
After this session, participants will be able to do the following:
• Discuss factors impacting rates, types and patterns of injury with violence
• Describe components of the BALD STEP physical findings guide
• Apply the use of BALD STEP to injury assessment and documentation
• Discuss status and gaps in research related to patterns of injury with sexual assault and intimate partner violence