This article, written by Sonia Hovelson, MD, Lisa Scheiman, CNM, and Mark Pearlman, MD argues that OB/Gynes have a responsibility to screen patients for sexual assault and to provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment. You may access the complete article by clicking HERE.
Their “Quick Take” is as follows:
- Documentation should focus only on the history as given by the survivor and objective findings on examination;
- Rape kits can be collected for forensic use as late as 7 days after and an assault, depending on the jurisdiction;
- Do not try to piece together a makeshift rape kit in your office.