MEDICAL FORENSIC EXAMINATION ON PEDIATRIC PATIENTS (AGES 13 AND YOUNGER)

Here is some information regarding our medical forensic examination on pediatric patients. The forensic nurse examiners that work at the SATC have received extensive training to specialize in the care of the pediatric population.

We hope that we can elevate any fears that you may have regarding your child’s examination. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions you may have at 260-423-2222.

  • The forensic nurse examiner will explain the whole examination and collect consent prior to taking your child back for the exam.
  • There will be no shots or anything to cause pain to your child.
  • Your child has the right to decline any portion of the examination. 
  • The forensic nurse examiner will never force an examination and will explain each step as she goes.
  • If your child is a female and has not started her menstrual cycle, we do not use a speculum like at an adult female exam.
  • We will collect a patient history if the child is verbal
  • We will do a head to toe examination and look for any injuries, as well as collect height, weight, etc.
  • If you and your child have agreed, photographs may be taken.
  • If within the timeframe, evidence will be collected.
  • Any questions will be answered, and referrals for any follow up medical treatment will be made.
  • Referrals for other services will be arranged, including counseling options.
  • Your child will be able to put his/her handprint on the wall. This shows children that they are not alone.
  • Your child will be sent home with a blanket and/or stuffed animal/toy to promote this as a happy and healing portion of his/her journey.