Hospitals Should Confirm Policies Implemented for Sexual Assault Victims
Friday, February 03, 2017 11:11 AM
KHA is urging all hospital administrators to take steps to assure your
policy on treatment and evidence collection in cases of sexual assault are
in compliance with state law and regulations. There have been recent
reports to KHA that some patients presenting to hospital emergency rooms
following sexual assault are not being provided evidence collection
services and in some cases are being turned away for treatment.
There are resources on the Sexual Assault Response page of KHA’s website (located under the Services category) providing guidance to hospitals on
the requirements of hospital emergency personnel to treat victims of sexual
assault and to collect evidence with consent from the patient. All acute
care hospitals providing emergency services are required to provide these
services regardless of the availability of a sexual assault nurse examiner
(SANE) or the hospital being designated as SANEready.
Hospital administrators should review your internal policies, meet with
emergency department managers to confirm the policy meets regulatory
requirements and is implemented 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Additionally, the administrator should confirm that policy education is
also a part of your orientation for emergency department personnel,
including physicians who may be contracted. Contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.