|Title||Evaluation of child maltreatment in the emergency department setting: an overview for behavioral health providers.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Leetch AN, Leipsic J, Woolridge DP|
|Journal||Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am|
|Date Published||2015 Jan|
Emergency providers are confronted with medical, social, and legal dilemmas with each case of possible child maltreatment. Keeping a high clinical suspicion is key to diagnosing latent abuse. Child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is best handled by a multidisciplinary team including emergency providers, nurses, social workers, and law enforcement trained in caring for victims and handling forensic evidence. The role of the emergency provider in such cases is to identify abuse, facilitate a thorough investigation, treat medical needs, protect the patient, provide an unbiased medical consultation to law enforcement, and provide an ethical testimony if called to court.
|Alternate Journal||Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am|
Evaluation of child maltreatment in the emergency department setting: an overview for behavioral health providers.
Aaron N. Leetch, MD, FACEP
Dale Woolridge, MD, PhD