In a hospital, you and all of your staff members probably see victims of crimes and individuals who have suffered from all sorts of injuries. It is important to receive proper training about as many of the different types of injuries that patients might be suffering from as possible. Although you and the others who work in your hospital might have already undergone a lot of training, one thing that you might not have received much training about is strangulation. However, it is important for you and all of your hospital staff members to learn more about strangulation cases if possible for these reasons and more.
It's More Common Than You Might Think
There is a good chance that strangulation victims have been in your hospital in the past. In some cases, you might not have known about it. Of all of the different types of injuries that you might have treated your patients for or that you might expect to see patients come in for, you might not really think that strangulation is all that common. However, it is more common than you might think; for example, it's common among domestic violence victims, victims of sexual assault, and more. Because strangulation is more common than you might realize, it is important to be prepared to deal with patients who might have suffered from strangulation, either by the perpetrator's hands or with the use of an object. In fact, during your training, you will probably find out a little more about just how common strangulation really is.
It's Important to Report Accurately
In many cases, strangulation cases are not reported as they should be. For example, someone who is involved in an abusive marriage might be frightened to speak up about the abuse that they have suffered at their spouse or partner's hand. It is important for strangulation to be reported accurately to law enforcement, however. Proper training can help you ensure that you and the others who work in your hospital are able to identify and report these issues in an appropriate manner.
It's Important to Give Proper Treatment
In some cases, you might get strangulation victims in your hospital who are still alive but who are suffering from serious health impacts due to being strangled. Providing these patients with proper treatment is essential. If you and the other staff members in your hospital receive the right training, you can help ensure that you are prepared to provide the proper treatment for any strangulation victims who might end up passing through your doors.
To learn more, contact a strangulation SANE, or sexual assault nurse examiner.