EMS- Strangulation Trauma in Domestic Violence

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Information about EMS- Strangulation Trauma in Domestic Violence

Published on May 6, 2008

Author: croaker260

Source: slideshare.net


This is a CE article for my service, very well received, looking at Strangulation trauma of the type seen in domestic VIolence. It covers patho-physiology, incidence, documentation, recognition, treatment, and much more.

Strangulation Trauma in Assaults: An Overview for Emergency Services Personnel By Robert S. Cole, CCEMT-P Forward: I wish to thank the assistance of San Diego’s Gail B. Strack, J.D. of the San Diego City Attorneys Office, and George McClane, M.D., for inspiring me to research and write this article for EMS providers. Introduction While domestic violence (DV) and sexual abuse (SA) in any form is horrible, strangulation during sexual or domestic assault is a marker of a particularly dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Strangulation is a relatively under-reported, under-prosecuted, and under treated situation in both the law enforcement and medical communities alike. Frequently, unless the victim sustained obvious visible (often non life-threatening) injuries in addition to the strangulation, the incident is overlooked or downplayed. As a better understa

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