Having a forensic exam can seem a little intimidating. That’s understandable. Knowing a little bit about what to expect can help you feel more comfortable with the process.
If you have been assaulted by a partner, spouse, caregiver, friend or family member, it can be challenging to come forward. It’s important to treat any injuries you may have so that you can continue to care for yourself and your loved ones. Mercy Medical Center offers medical forensic examinations to identify, treat, and document injuries.
Mercy’s Forensic Nurse Examiner Program continues to lead in the advancement of forensic examinations with alternate light source (ALS) research. They first used this specialized forensic light for victims of interpersonal violence to assist in examining injuries which may otherwise have remained invisible to the naked eye. The team then took on addressing the question of how common hair and skin products used by patients may influence ALS findings. The team found that numerous products fluoresce, or glow, when viewed under various ALS wavelengths, while a smaller number of the examined products appeared dark. These discoveries about the influence of common hair and skin products on ALS findings has allowed Mercy’s Forensic Nurses to use ALS in an even more succinct and focused way in order to provide the highest quality evidence based examinations and treatment possible for our patients.Read more
Members of the Community Outreach team received 1st place prize at the 2016 End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) conference for the poster "Addressing the Unique Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Survivors in Baltimore City."
Alternate light source technology is utilized during many patient examinations at Mercy Medical Center and the Forensic Nurse Examiner staff have worked to learn more about how this technology can be used to identify potential evidence during medical forensic examinations.Read more
The bMoreSafe app was developed by the Mercy Medical Center Forensic Nurse Examiner staff to provide quick and easy access (“Help at the Touch of a Button”) to those in the community who are in need of forensic nursing services. The app provides information regarding where to go, who to call and what steps can be taken to preserve evidence prior to a medical forensic exam.Download the App
Sexual and intimate partner violence is a major public health problem with substantial impacts on the mental health, physical health, and social wellbeing of victims, and connecting survivors to health care services is critical.
Despite recent population booms among immigrant and refugee populations in Baltimore, utilization rates of important post-assault clinical services in this community remain staggeringly low. With funding support from the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, the FNE Program is leading the City's first community outreach initiative committed to understanding and responding to this emerging disparity.
The goals of the program are to increase awareness of FNE Program services to local service providers and community members; increase the FNE Program's knowledge base around the target community members' unique perceptions, needs, and barriers surrounding post-assault clinical care; and to improve the cultural adaptability of the FNE Program to best respond to immigrant and refugee survivors' identified concerns. A major focus of this initiative is to support the establishment and strengthening of sustainable partnerships between health, legal and social service providers working with immigrant and refugee survivors across the City.