GBRH Facilitates Training for Law Enforcement

Great Bend Regional Hospital Facilitates Forensics Training for Local Law Enforcement

Late last month, Great Bend Regional Hospital sponsored a special forensic training for local law enforcement officers at the Front Door Facility in Great Bend, Kansas. Forensic nurses Deb Higgins, RN SANE from Great Bend and Jennifer Johnson, MSN, APRN, AFN-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P from Shawnee facilitated the meeting, which covered numerous forensic topics.

“The goal for the training was to improve and build on the services we already have in place for victims who come through our doors at Great Bend Regional Hospital,” says Higgins. “We helped them understand the services we can provide to these types of patients, and we learned from them how we can work together to get the best possible outcomes for those victims.”

Topics included strangulation, medical forensic examination and evidence collection by the medical professional, human bites, patterned injuries, patterns of injury, sexual assault, suspect examinations, gunshot wounds, forensic photography, and what the medical forensic examination means for a criminal investigation.

Present at the training were officers from law enforcement agencies such as the Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sherriff’s Department, Ellinwood Police Department, Lyons Sherriff’s Department, Ellis County Sherriff’s Department, along with nurses from Great Bend Regional Hospital and the Barton County Health Department.

“The hospital is also announcing its new policies in place to forensically photograph injuries from sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, stab wounds, and gunshot wounds,” Higgins says. “This is all part of our hospital’s effort to advocate for the victims and document their injuries in case of a future criminal trial.”

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