Assessment of trauma nurse knowledge related to forensic practice

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Abstract

Assessment of forensic practice specific to the trauma setting was the purpose of this pilot study. Thirty-eight trauma nurses from a level II trauma center completed a questionnaire related to their knowledge of forensic practice. Although 58% of nurses had some education related to forensics, emergency department nurses were significantly more knowledgeable about existence of protocols than were intensive care unit nurses. Most respondents indicated a willingness to incorporate forensic principles into practice. Forensic education and standardization of protocols would enhance clinical practice in the trauma setting.

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