Forensic Medicine Section

Forensic Medicine Section

The practice of emergency medicine has encountered with increasing frequency the specialty of forensic science. Emergency physicians are now expected to know how to gather and preserve evidence from our patients that are victims of gun shot/stab wounds, pediatric sexual assault, physical abuse or neglect. Patients that are victims of sexual assault (including drug facilitated), domestic violence, and elder abuse also require unique skills for competent medico-legal evaluation.

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December 4, 2023

Written version of ALS Presentation by Dr. Green and Attorney Fineman

This document was prepared by Dr. William Green and Attorney Gerald Fineman to serve as a written version of the presentation that was originally given on August 1, 2023 to the Forensic Section of the...

September 18, 2023

Evaluation and Management of the Sexually Assaulted or Sexually Abused Patient 2nd Edition

Since the first production of this handbook in 1999, the American College of Emergency Physicians created the Forensic Medicine Section. One of the goals of the section was to revise and update this h...

August 29, 2023

Forensic Medicine Section Webinar "The Use of Alternate Light Sources to Diagnose Unseen Injury or Enhance Faint Bruising in the Strangled Patient"

Strangulation is a common and potentially lethal form of interpersonal violence. Only about half of strangled patients will have visible neck injuries. Documenting neck injury in these patients influe...

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